- Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC’s Unreserved
- Jaimie Isaac, writer, curator, artist, and arts administrator
- Tom Jackson, actor, singer, and activist
- Lindsay Knight, a.k.a. Eekwol, hip hop artist
- Zoey Pricelys Roy, spoken word poet, social entrepreneur, and author
- John Ralston Saul, essayist and novelist
- Blair Stonechild, professor of Indigenous Studies, First Nations University of Canada
Rosanna Deerchild is the host of CBC Radio Oneâs Unreserved, a space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. She is a veteran broadcaster, having worked at APTN, Global, and NCI FM, where she hosted All My Relations. She wrote the poetry collections This Is a Small Northern Town (winner of the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry) and Calling Down the Sky, and she co-founded the Aboriginal Writersâ Collective of Manitoba. Originally from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake, Rosanna now lives and works in Winnipeg.
Jaimie Isaac is a Winnipeg-based writer, artist, educator, and member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Treaty One territory. Jaimie is presently the Indigenous curator-in-residence at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and she has been involved in many residencies, including Art and Reconciliation in Kamloops and Social Engagement in Sante Fe. She has also served on numerous arts juries, committees, and boards.
Tom Jackson is a recording artist, actor, philanthropist, and ambassador to the Canadian Red Cross. An officer of the Order of Canada and the 2014 recipient of a Governor Generalâs Performing Arts Award, he proudly marches into boardrooms or shelters ready to dispense hugs or mobilize others to take action.
Eekwol, a hip hop emcee and member of the Muskoday First Nation, draws on Plains Cree Indigenous music and hip hop history. Her records include Niso, The List, Apprentice to the Mystery, and Soundsick?! , and she is currently promoting her newest album, Good Kill, released in fall 2015.
Zoey Pricelys Roy is a spoken-word poet, community-based educator, social entrepreneur, and the author of Homecoming, a poetic memoir. She has worked with youth in communities across Canada and believes that art is facilitating the change we need in the world.
John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist whose works have been translated into twenty-eight languages in thirty-seven countries. His most recent work, The Comeback, an examination of the return to power of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, has greatly influenced the national conversation. John is the former president of PEN International, co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and a companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
Blair Stonechild, a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation, was the firstÂ instructor hired by the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College. He co-authored Loyal till Death:Â Indians and the North-West Rebellion, which won the Saskatchewan Book Award and was aÂ finalist for the Governor Generalâs Literary Award. He also wrote The New Buffalo: The StruggleÂ for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education in Canada, a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Award,Â and Buffy Sainte-Marie: Itâs My Way, which won the award in 2013. Blair was a trustee of theÂ Canadian Museum of Civilization and has consulted extensively on Aboriginal education.