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Sarah Houle is a multidisciplinary Métis artist based in Calgary, Mohkinstsis. She is from the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement in Northern Alberta. Her work is autobiographical with an interest in technology, fantasy, and craft. Cultural identity in the age of digital technology is important in her work, as elements of physical and digital space come together to conjure nostalgic imagery. Modern day fantastical legends express the artist’s social commentary on identity from the perspective of Métis culture and heritage. Centering on family, Houle’s work showcases the resiliency present in everyday Indigenous life.
Rudy Black Plume, Iitsikiitsapoyii (Standing On Top Alone) is an artist, elementary school teacher, and member of the Kainai Nation within the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi). She holds a B.A. in Native American Studies and a B.Ed. in Native Education from the University of Lethbridge. Rudy’s art is rooted in her love for Niitsitapi culture and draws inspiration from Blackfoot ways of knowing. Her art practice is reflective of her experiences as a Blackfoot person living in a world that lacks representation of Indigenous stories and worldviews. Black Plume understands that representation is crucial to our lived experiences, as it helps to shape how we envision ourselves and how we are perceived by others. She believes art and creativity can broaden perspectives, bring people together, and heal our spirits. Rudy hopes that her work helps Indigenous Peoples to feel validated in their existence and inspires all peoples to continue to learn more about Indigenous cultures, histories, and ways of knowing.
Nato’yi’kina’soyi (Holy Light that Shines Bright) / Hali Heavy Shield is a multidisciplinary artist and educator and is a member of the Blood Tribe (Kainai) of southern Alberta. Hali’s work is influenced by experiences in her home community, including Blackfoot stories, significant sites, family, and women as sources of strength and goodness. She often uses vibrant colours, text, and symbolism to braid contemporary and traditional Indigenous realities with imagined futurisms. Hali is also a literacy activist who works to engage others in generative discussion and practices of reconciliation and creativity.
Kierra First Charger (she/her) is 15 years old and from the Blood, Peigan, and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw tribes. Kierra currently reside in Calgary with her parents and three older siblings. Her art form is sketching, using both traditional pencil and paper and digital art forms such as Procreate, which she prefers. She enjoys sketching various anime styles and her goal is to enroll in an art school after graduating from high school.
Morrigan Caldwell is 18 years old from the Secwepemc First Nation, but resides in Calgary, Alberta. Morrigan primarily works in multi-media painting and digital artforms. She enjoys creating artwork because it is a stress reliever, and it is satisfying to create a finished project. A recent graduate from high school, Morrigan is looking to start culinary school in the coming months.
Kaylee Anne Leibham enjoys skiing, drawing, and cooking. Born in Calgary Alberta, her ethnicity is Cree. Her grandmother is originally from Peace Point Treaty 8 and was adopted into a family in Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Kaylee’s father was born in Edmonton and has status under Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Her mother is from the United Kingdom, so Kaylee is half Cree and half English. Kaylee is excited to be a part of this fun and connecting project for the Library.
Tace Ens-Buchacher is 17 years old from Waterhen Lake First Nation and Canoe Lake Cree Nation, and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. Currently, Tace is at Central Memorial High School completing Grade 12. She enjoys drawing and painting on canvas. She creates art because she likes the ability to convey feelings and thoughts visually without having to communicate them verbally. In the future, Tace hopes to become an ophthalmologist so she can help people who need to see.
Haley Long is 17 years old and lives in the City of Calgary, originally from Treaty 7’s Piikani First Nation. Haley is currently enrolled in school, completing Grade 12. Haley enjoys bucket art because it allows her to tell different and unique stories. In the future, Haley wants to be in child and youth care or be an elementary school teacher.