Dream Big




Shirley Horn is from Chapleau, Ontario, and at the age of five was sent to St. Johns Indian Residential School. She was then transferred to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School at the age of seven, where she remained for six years. In 2005, she returned to the Shingwauk Indian School Residential School site – now the home of Algoma University – to enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Shirley is the first-ever Chancellor of Algoma University.

She is also well known Cree artist and her artistic work has been exhibited both locally and provincially. Shirley and her sister Jackie Fletcher founded the Echoes of the World Drum Festival in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. She was one of the artists selected to participate in the Project of Heart commemoration initiative. Her sculptural contribution to this project is installed in the East Wing of Algoma University. Since 2015 Shirley has been working with the Soulpepper theater company on their imagiNation initiative.


Ma-Nee has faced numerous challenges in her life that have prompted her to embark on a path of spiritual healing through art. She was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and was adopted by a French Canadian family. She was then found and returned home to her kokum at the age of two to be raised in Omabika, a community north of Lake Nipigon. Being a two-spirited elder and storyteller, she uses various media for personal and community spiritual healing. She is visually impaired and her art tells a story of the journey people face each day.



John Laford is an Ojibway artist, born in Manitoulin Island. Many private collectors own his Paintings; he is represented in museums across North America such as the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto and the Museum of Man, Ottawa. John’s paintings deal with the legends of his people, the Great Ojibway. His art portrays spiritual meanings; often something that is part of the real world yet expressing something profound and mysterious.

John Laford’s art exhibition opens FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 7-9pm, at Eeh jhii Bog mhe be og (Baawating Gallery) – 80 March St. (upstairs). This event is open to the public. Pay What You Can.


Lucille Atlookan is a visual artist/maker, currently living in Thunder Bay to pursue her education. Atlookan works predominantly with beads and leather. She currently completed her student group major studio in university. She also works with charcoal on paper. Atlookan can be reached at lfatlookan@gmail.com.

Bead with Lucille on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 3-5pm, at the Obadjiwan Conference & Convention Center. This activity is open to Dream Big attendees ONLY.


Casha Adams is an emerging indigenous filmmaker and vlogger from Couchiching FN, Ontario. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she became an artist and a founding member of Biizidun collective, which is focused on amplifying the voices of indigenous youth in Northwestern Ontario. In 2016, under the direction of Michelle Derosier, she co-directed her first film, Chi Pii Kaa Kii Too Yang (Coming Together to Talk), a documentary about the barriers that indigenous youth face while attending high school in Thunder Bay. Biizidun has helped Casha’s career in the film/photography industry, where she has facilitated multiple workshops that focus on media arts and community relationship building. She’s currently hired with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective where she is curating, producing and directing her own art exhibit in Thunder Bay.

‘Coming Together to Talk’ screens SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 7-8pm, at Shingwauk Auditorium – 1520 Queen St. E. Ardelle also performs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2-3pm, at the March Street Stage – 80 March St. Both events are open to the public. Pay What You Can.

ARDELLE Sagutcheway

Ardelle Sagutcheway is a dedicated advocate for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Originally from Eabametoong First Nation, she moved to Thunder Bay to attend high school. As a member of the Youth Advisory Committee with the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, she was involved in the Seven Youth Inquest. Ardelle is co-director of Coming Together to Talk (Chi Pi Kaaki Too Yang), a film with Casha Adams, Michelle Derosier, and Savannah Boucher, that explores realities of indigenous youth and possibilities for change. Ardelle is also a poet and a member of Indigenous media collective, Biizidun.

‘Coming Together to Talk’ screens SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 7-8pm, at Shingwauk Auditorium – 1520 Queen St. E. Ardelle also performs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2-3pm, at the March Street Stage – 80 March St. Both events are open to the public. Pay What You Can. 


Kevin Shawanda is a Sudbury based comedian. Raised in the small reservation of Birch Island on the north shore of Lake Huron, he quickly developed an energetic sense of humour and need for attention. He doesn’t have a great deal of credits, but his wife once told him that he wasn’t as bad as some of the other comedians, and she really likes some of his skits.

Kevin Shawanda performs SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 8-10pm, at Shingwauk Auditorium – 1520 Queen St. E. This event is open to the public. Pay What You Can.


Teddy Syrette (Ozhawa Anung Kwe-Yellow Star Woman) is a 2-Spirit storyteller from Rankin Reservation of Baawaating First Nation. Teddy has traveled to many parts of Turtle Island spreading their legs and gay agenda everywhere. Teddy is a proud uncle of four boys. He has two sisters, and out of the three of them, Teddy is the prettiest. They hate that joke because sometimes it’s TRUE. Creator doesn’t make any junk, but after they had created Teddy, the human making machine was covered in glitter. Teddy enjoys pugs, poetry and promiscuity.

Teddy Syrette performs SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 8-10pm, at Shingwauk Auditorium – 1520 Queen St. E. This event is open to the public. Pay What You Can.


Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe musician, media artist, traditional powwow dancer and artist, and arts educator of mixed ancestry. Melody is an enrolled member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation on their mother’s side, and their father’s family are settler Canadians of Scottish/Lithuanian origins. Melody currently lives and works in the small town of Sioux Lookout in Treaty #3, northwestern Ontario, and has previously resided in Ottawa, Toronto, and St. John’s NL.

As a solo performer, Melody explores the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping. Their most recent release is Reckoning EP (2017), which was originally scored for the Article 11 theatre production of the same name and is written for solo viola and electronics.

Melody McKiver performs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2-3pm, at the March Street Stage – 80 March St. This event is open to the public. Pay What You Can.

Photo Credit: John Paillé



Deanna Nebenionquit is Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, formerly known as Whitefish Lake First Nation. Deanna is a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario (2012) and a graduate of the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec (2013). From 2014–2018, Deanna curated art exhibitions and managed the permanent art collection at the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury in Sudbury, Ontario. She has been working at Ontario Library Service – North as the First Nations Capacity Building Advisor since July 2018.

Deanna is photographed in front of art by Brian Jungen.
Credit: Brian Jungen | Tarandus (blue) | 2009/2019 | Deerskin rawhide, braised sinew, and blue LED lights | RBC Art Collection.


Shaun Hedican is a member of the Loon Clan and Eabametoong FN. He works with a variety of mediums including acrylics, birch, antler, and digital collage with a focus on Medicine Art.


Erin Marie Konsmo is a Métis Prairie queer who grew up in central Alberta and is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Their mother’s Métis family is historically rooted in the Lac Ste Anne area northwest of Edmonton and St. Andrews, Manitoba.They organize with the Mamawi Collective, a group of Métis young people building relationships across the homeland. Their arts practice currently focuses on fish scale art, an artform they are being mentored into by Métis artist Jaime Koebel. Erin is also an Indigenous full-spectrum doula specializing in fertility, menstruation and 2SLGBTQ+ birth supports. They currently work as a harm reduction worker.


Jordan Fiddler is a multidisciplinary and performing artist from Sandy Lake, Ontario, currently operating out of Sioux Lookout. Jordan was recently featured at the COLD WATERS: Media Arts Symposium & Festival in North Bay, ON, presented by the Media Arts Network of Ontario / Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO) and Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) where he participated in the remote studio visits and film screenings.


Erica Hare is an Anishinaabekwe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation located on Manitoulin Island also known as Mnidoo Mnising. She currently works at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation as the Studio Technician. Erica teaches different styles of beadwork, and teaches in the new teaching kitchen at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. The Studio (Enaamijige Yaang Studio) consists of different art styles and workshops, and also teachings. The art does not only consist of just Anishinabe art, they also have clay work, quillwork, painting, drawing, beadwork, leatherwork, sweetgrass, cooking, baking and so much more. Erica has plenty of help from her colleagues at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, who help plan and get facilitators for our various teaching workshops and Aadziwin Nights on Tuesday Evenings.



Originally from Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Jacob currently resides in North Bay working as a multimedia artist. Jacob’s creative endeavours include beadwork, music, script writing, photography, and videography. A graduate of the Media Arts (Radio Broadcasting and Television Production) programs at Canadore College Jacob has utilized his skills in the past as former Communications Coordinator for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA). Jacob has worked with Aanmitaagzi Storymakers, Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement of Ontario, ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival, National Film Board, Spiderwoman Theater and Zakide Artsit-Run. Jacob has assisted many arts projects bringing Indigenous protocol respectfully to his mindful event coordination ensuring ethical behaviour is maintained and acknowledgement and respect are given to participating artists. Jacob enjoys practicing his Anishinaabe traditions and strives to become an Anishinaabe knowledge carrier with experience working in community in many capacities both through cultural activations and community engaged arts projects.