A warm welcome to this year's hosts, Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation (left) and Elwood Jimmy from Thunderchild Cree Nation (right).
Leslie Kachena McCue is a proud member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation, currently living and working in Ajax. Leslie is an artist who also works freelance for various organizations in performance, arts administration, facilitation, and project coordination. Her work is driven by her past, her passion to educate, and the motivation to empower others.
Leslie is a three year Fellow for the International Society for the Performing Arts and is grateful to be a part of the Thread Residency with Musagetes Foundation. Leslie currently works independently with Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, Chocolate Woman Collective, Mola Dulad Media Collective, CHIPPEWAR, Young Peoples Theatre and the Royal Ontario Museum. www.odawawiingushk.com, external link
Elwood Jimmy is originally from Thunderchild First Nation, a Nehiyaw community situated in the north central region of what we now know as Canada. For over 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several projects, programs and organizations, locally and abroad. Since 2015, he has worked with the Musagetes Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a mandate to make the arts more meaningful in peoples lives. Through his role there, he has been able to work with Indigenous communities in his current home of southern Ontario, as well as in the global south and global far north. That relational work and exchange with his global peers provides a rich source of nourishment and guidance in his artistic, curatorial, writing and life practices.