Jennifer Dawn Bishop
Jennifer has been involved with theatre since the age of 13 and was a participant in the first Circle of Voices program in 1999 when the doors first opened for The Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. During her years at SNTC, Jennifer has also volunteered her time vastly, and has applied much of it to the many productions of the Rez Christmas Story series. She has been a workshop facilitator for the Performer’s Playhouse and many other outreach programs. Her role with the theatre has evolved within the last year, and she is now GTNT’s Artistic Associate. As such, she coordinates the Circle of Voices program, Theatre@Noon and the Playhouse Program. She has also gained experience throughout her years here as an assistant director, stage manager and playwright, with a show she wrote being produced this year for the theatre’s spring tour.
Osemis is an aspiring leader in Aboriginal Community Development. He attributes his strong desire towards community development to his northern Cree upbringing. Raised in Sandy Bay Saskatchewan, Osemis is a proud member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. He is also a very proud alumni of the first Circle of Voices program. Throughout his career, Osemis has continued to work towards the advancement of Indigenous people using his business skill sets in supporting a number of projects aimed at enhancing the Indigenous profile in Saskatoon. On the community front, and throughout his graduate studies at the university, he avidly volunteered with the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional’s Association serving as the organization’s lead on strategic community outreach and events planning. Osemis’s passion for community is truly inspiring.
Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte is a Cree from Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation near the town of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and was educated at Rivier Academy in Prince Albert and at the University of Saskatchewan. She is extremely hardworking in any work place, but her devotion is to family and dedicates that other part of her life with much love and support. Darlene’s past work experience includes the positions of Executive Assistant at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Departmental Secretary at the University of Saskatchewan Department of Native Studies, and One Earth Farms FN LP. Darlene is also a 7-year member of the local concerned citizens group Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) whose focus is missing and murdered Indigenous women. Darlene received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 for this volunteerism. She currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband Chris Sicotte and is the mother of Christopher, Cory, Aren and Sunflower, all of whom enjoy the local and provincial arts scene.
AaronMarie Nepoose – 2016/17 Mentee Artist
AaronMarie Nepoose is from Samson Cree First Nation, Treaty Six Territory. AaronMarie spent her childhood and teenage years developing her skills as a writer, actor, singer and dancer. She is an emerging artist fresh out of the 2015-2016 Circle of Voices program. Her works include Reclaim, Wolves, Toe Tag Crew, (GTNT) Traditional Jigging, Tarazc and the Dark Haired Stranger (V’ni Danci). AaronMarie is now the Artist in Residence at the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, supporting the 2016-2017 Circle of Voices program and also the staff. AaronMarie looks forward to the future as an Indigenous female artist.