Justin Many Fingers
For many years I have been working with several performing arts organizations both national and internationally, Native and Non-Native, mentoring with its leaders on the artistic and managing forefront. The amount of skills sets that have been passed down to me will be my rooting system to continue pushing through innovation and excellence.
I am very proud to be the Artistic Director at Making Treaty 7. My vision and focus are to continue to bring forward the voices and stories of the Blackfoot people and with our brothers and sisters of the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nation through the artists and the elders.
My artistic mission is to work together with the existing arts organizations here in Mohhkintstis (Calgary) and to bring this city to the national playground for Indigenous arts on Turtle Island and also to host our relatives from overseas.
Oli Siska is the Managing Director of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. Having started at an early age on stage, Oli is a passionate and engaged advocate for art and arts administration. She has been a part of many stage productions, founded two performing art groups, managed venues, and worked in film and visual arts.
Oli completed her MBA in the spring of 2017 and focuses on driving non-profit organizations into sustainable operations and long-term success. She is excited to continue working with Artistic Director Justin Many Fingers and the rest of the MT7 Society to bring the voices and stories of the Treaty 7 Nations to the stage in Mohkinstsis (Calgary).
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Public Relations and Social Media Director
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Jolane is a Blood tribe member who received her BFA in Technical Theatre from the University of Lethbridge and a diploma in Fashion Design from Lethbridge College. Throughout her decade long career she has worked in several capacities of the costume department from stitcher to Head of Wardrobe and is delighted to join Making Treaty 7 as resident Costume Designer. Jolane’s interests and passion lies in using Traditional indigenous aesthetics in a modern way to create fun fashion pieces. She lives in Calgary with her husband and dog Penny.
Nirmala Naidoo is a veteran award-winning television anchor and journalist who was declared “a person of extraordinary ability” by the United States Government. She is an outspoken advocate for human rights issues, fighting for the rights of minorities, immigrants, victims of bullying, and those who are marginalized or powerless by using journalism to tell their stories. Nirmala is a former politician as the 2015 Federal Election Political Candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada for Calgary Rocky Ridge. Nirmala is a former Keynote Speaker for Enbridge’s Famous Five, made Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 list twice, is named one of the 150 Women Who Shaped Alberta, and was on the cover of TIME Magazine.
Playwright - Filmmaker
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Neil grew up in Anishinaabe territory. He is honoured to be part of the Making Treaty 7 artistic team helping to translate the stories and culture of the Treaty 7 people for the stage. While Neil is mostly known as a playwright, his theatrical roots are in set and lighting design. Some past design credits include: Okotoks (MT7 & Niitsitapi Dance), Come Home (Urban Stories), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Ground Zero, Hit & Myth), In A World Created By A Drunken God, And So It Goes, Goodness, Bone Cage, (Downstage). A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream (CYPT), The Vajayjay Monologues (Pot of Jam, Urban Curves), Shopaholic Husband Hunt (Lunchbox Theatre), An Almost Perfect Thing, The Kitchen Witches, The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls (New West Theatre).
Web Design - Web Marketing - SEO
Keith is a Web Marketer, Web Developer and Search Engine Optimization specialist that has a love for the arts. After 24 years of Project Management with a large international company Keith decided to venture out into the Web Marketing world and started his company, Eau Claire Media.
Keith has a passion for bringing arts to Calgary and is the President and Musical Director of the biggest “small community” music festival in Canada, Parkland Summerfest.
Keith is honoured to be involved with the Making Treaty 7 team.
Elizabeth S. Cameron
Account Manager & Photographer
Elizabeth is a photographer and former journalist from Mohkinstsis (Calgary). She is an Account Manager for Aldona B. Creative and works behind the scenes to produce compelling visual and written content for online and print media. She is excited to be working with the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society after previously reporting on their namesake production during her time as a reporter at StarMetro Calgary.