Eliza is a professional musician, songwriter and recording artist, teacher, community advocate, leader and recently the force behind Saskatchewan’s newest arts organization, C.A.M.P; Community Arts Mentorship Program. Her focus on fostering the arts while supporting local community capacity to deliver arts programming has been welcomed throughout communities in Saskatchewan. Offering services to remote and under-served communities presents new challenges, and all of CAMP programming serves to mitigate these obstacles. Familiar with the arts and music industry in Saskatchewan, she also aims to provide the opportunity and mentorship available to people with challenges in access due to location and lack of resources.
Holly Rae Yuzicapi
A proud Dakota/Lakota from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan. Holly grew up in the beautiful Qu'Appelle valley. Coming from a large family, Holly has been able to observe and learn from many generations of the Goodwill and Yuzicapi families. The strength of her sense of identity was nurtured and shaped by her family and community. Without realizing it at the time, Holly started doing cultural arts sharing from a young age which really is rooted in participating in powwow dancing and attending other cultural events on a regular basis. She has evolved into an independent natural materials artist that loves to facilitate cultural arts engagement opportunities to all audiences. Holly is proud of how she was raised and is very thankful for all that her family has taught her. Respectfully representing the spirit and potential of those teachings is why Holly does the work that she does. It is how she chooses to honour her family.
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan. As an innovative artist, mentor, and a committed arts educator he fully embraces his own lifelong learning curve.
Kimberly Bird has worked within the Arts and Culture community of Canada for over 20 years as an artist, instructor, board member, coordinator, volunteer and administrator. Currently, she works as both a music festival manager and a substitute teacher. As a proud First Nations woman, Kimberly is interested in pursuing a Masters Degree in Critical Race Theory. She resides in Saskatoon SK currently but has lived abroad and traveled extensively.
Mitch Dureault is a seasoned professional music instructor and traditional musician, who comes from the Treaty 4 Territory of the southern Saskatchewan prairies. Currently sitting as a board member, and working instructor for C.A.M.P., Mitch is an advocate for the arts and has a strong focus on decolonizing his own music & teaching practices. He regularly draws from his B.A. in International Studies while working with and aiding organisations, communities, and schools in the development and implementation of equitable and continual art programming throughout the province.
Mitch is also very passionate about the promotion and preservation of the local culture of Saskatchewan fiddling and has been making efforts to visit and interview as many fiddlers as possible from across the province for his Saskatchewan Fiddle History Project, a multi-year project in which he collects stories, tunes, and histories from these individuals in an attempt to preserve and document the ever evolving diverse intricacies of the provinces fiddling culture.
Rebecca has an ongoing passion to get to know, work with, and support people. She has studied and worked in the social/mental-health field not only in Canada (Saskatchewan and Quebec), but also in England, Ireland and France. Gaining a wide-range of experiences has enabled her to become skilled in intervening with the various challenging experiences that can make up one’s story. With a special focus on Mental Health, through counseling, project management and community education, Rebecca has worked extensively with trauma, suicide, and all forms of violence, both in rural and urban settings. Rebecca’s approach (and hope) is to accompany people through challenges: helping them to identify, highlight and praise their own strengths, beauty, joys and accomplishments. What continues to guide Rebecca in work (and life in general) is committing to the support of individuals and communities with openness, kindness, understanding and respect. Rebecca is the current Executive Director for Dorie’s House (Youth) Treatment Centre (https://southwestyes.com/) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
Deborah Aitken has worked as an arts administrator, developing programming and facilitating partnerships, within Saskatchewan since 2005. The majority of her experience is with the Ness Creek Music Festival but Deb also volunteers time with multiple non-profit and community organizations. A lifelong learner, Deborah has been participating in anti-racism and culturally sensitive education and discussion groups and values the work of the CAMP Sask Arts TACT workshop development. Deborah has lived in many parts of Saskatchewan, finding community connections every place she lives. Her family of four, plus animals, love to spend time outdoors.
My name is Virginia Scissons and I am CAMP Sask Treasurer and member of several sub-committees. I am currently employed at Canada Post, but have a wide range of experience including: music, drawing and design, construction, bookkeeping, adventure tourism, the service industry, child care, outdoor activities, and volunteerism. I believe in doing what makes you happy, community, and helping others.
I grew up in northwest Saskatchewan and currently reside in Saskatoon. I have a diploma in Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. I spend my free time outside with my family paddling, swimming, fishing, camping, skiing, and exploring our beautiful province. I enjoy baking, playing music, and creating art. Of all the jobs I’ve had, my favourite is tree planting, which I did for twelve years.
Angela Guenther joined C.A.M.P as a board member in 2020 with a passion for the arts and an 8 year background working in health/human services. Angela feels her beliefs and visions closely align with C.A.M.P's and is proud to support this agency. Angela is a Support Worker for people with exceptionalities, a singer/songwriter, photographer, business student, and entrepreneur. Being involved with C.A.M.P allows Angela to utilize and grow her passions and skills, and contribute them in a meaningful way.
Scott grew up in the Qu’Appelle Valley of southern SK in the heart of Treaty 4 Territory and has been working in the field of education as a teacher and facilitator since 2008. He has served in a variety of K-12 and adult education positions, and most notably spent five years coordinating and facilitating www.learningtheland.ca projects and initiatives between Treaty Education Alliance and affiliate First Nations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Outward Bound Canada. Scott is currently employed in a full-time contract with Prairie Valley School Division as a Transition Teacher and provides student support services for students across the division within a remote learning environment. He aspires towards life-long learning and is also currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education program with Vancouver Island University. You can find out more about Scott and his life’s work at www.creativeclassroomconnections.ca/about
Laura Civica is a white, gender expansive, 5th generation settler on stolen land (‘Treaty 6’). They have spent time on the boards of Girls Rock Saskatoon, STARS (Student Teacher Anti Racism Society), Real Pride, SAFE (Saskatchewan Anti-Oppressive Anti-Racist education), and CAMP. They hold a B.Ed and B.A with a major in Indigenous Studies and work in adult education. Very important: Laura also has two big dogs and they all love going for walks and learning more about nature. They also enjoy writing and playing music and have since they were a youngin’.
Born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan, Olive completed her B.A (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015, minoring in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good. She went on to complete a bilingual masters in Political Science at l'Université du Québec à Montréal, where she wrote about resource extraction and Indigenous Peoples' rights. In Montreal she began to work contractually as a research assistant with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. She still works with the NCTR from time to time in collaboration with others, compiling resources for the K-12 Residential Schools Reading List associated with the Imagine a Canada project. She currently lives in the tiny fisherman's town of RIchibucto-Village, where she teaches violin and viola to at-risk youth with Sistema New Brunswick and is the lead Teaching Artist for the noon-hour strings program at Elsipogtog School. She will one day return to Saskatchewan to work with CAMP, for whom she is a proud and honored Board member.