Speakers

Here are all speakers, performers, and contributors who will be partaking in Landspeak.

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

English text below. Is amhránaí agus ceoltóir traidisiúnta as Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Chiarraí í Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Tá cáil uirthi mar amhránaí an sean-nós agus cannan sí amhráin ó réimse leathan eile chomh maith. Tá mórán gradam bainte amach aici, ina measc Amhránaí na Bliana ag Gradam Ceoil T4 2011 agu Rian Traidisiúnta na Bliana ag na RTÉ Radio1 Folk Awards 2018. Le linn a... | More about Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh »

Joseph Naytowhow

Joseph Naytowhow

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... | More about Joseph Naytowhow »

Joseph Naytowhow

Joseph Naytowhow

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... | More about Joseph Naytowhow »

Raymond Sewell

Raymond Sewell

Pipukwes Latto’law (Raymond Gilbert Sewell) (BA, MA) is l’nu from the Mi’kmaq district of Kespek — specifically Ge’gwapsgug. He is a “community bridger” working at Saint Mary’s University in two roles, Indigenous student advising and religious studies lecturer. He volunteers on many committees and boards including CACUSS Board of Directors, Nova Scotia Writers Federstion Board of Directors and Neptune Theatre's Board of Directors. Sewell guest... | More about Raymond Sewell »

Paul Rouse

Paul Rouse

Professor Paul Rouse teaches at the School of History in University College Dublin. He has written extensively on the history of Irish sport, particularly on the history of hurling. | More about Paul Rouse »

Eamonn McKee

Eamonn McKee

Eamonn McKee graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in History and Economics in 1982, followed by a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland in 1987. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1986, working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Overseas Development Assistance, the UN, Conflict Resolution, Trade, and Expo Dubai. His previous postings have included to the Embassy in Washington... | More about Eamonn McKee »

Bruce Roundpoint

Bruce Roundpoint

Bruce Roundpoint was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 representing Akwesasne. Roundpoint’s family is known for being important stickmakers for the game, at one time supplying 97 per cent of the game’s sticks worldwide. He was Captain of the All-Star Native Team that played in the 1980 Commonwealth Games. Bruce Roundpoint played for the Montreal Les Quebecois in the original National... | More about Bruce Roundpoint »

Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell

Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell

Grand Chief of Akwesasne for many years, Mike is a leading figure in First Nations Lacrosse. A celebrated and pioneering First Nations filmmaker, Mike made the widely-screened and groundbreaking 1969 film You are on Indian Land, a film which helped mobilize a new wave of Indigenous activism. | More about Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell »

Louise Halfe

Louise Halfe

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married and has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of social work from the University of Regina. She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively. She has served as keynote speaker at numerous conferences. Her... | More about Louise Halfe »

Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield is a Red River Métis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and to Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba. He has taught Creative Writing and First Nations and Métis Literature at several universities, and he now teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. He has published nine celebrated books of... | More about Gregory Scofield »

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Cree/Halfbreed; German/Polish) is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist, a singer/songwriter and a critical thinker whose family roots are from Papaschase First Nation, amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Kikino Metis Settlement from the land now known as canada. Her work critically investigates and articulates a dynamism of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) in contemporary time-place with a practice that incorporates Indigenous language(s), audio, video, virtual reality, the... | More about Cheryl L’Hirondelle »

Cathal Billings

Cathal Billings

I am a lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Dublin, where I also completed my BA (Irish and German, 2006) and MA (Irish Writing and Communication, 2007). I was awarded PhD from UCD (2015) for a thesis titled: ‘The Irish Revival and Sport in Ireland, 1884-1934’. My research, until now, has focused on the history of the Irish language revival, Irish sports history, and... | More about Cathal Billings »

Regina Uí Chollatáin

Regina Uí Chollatáin

Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin, a native of Co Donegal in Ireland, is the Chair of Irish and the Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore. Her main areas of research include Irish language revival, media and print culture, and women scholars in Irish language and culture. She has published widely in these areas in national and international academic and cultural journals.... | More about Regina Uí Chollatáin »

Renée Hulan

Renée Hulan

Renée Hulan is the 2020-2021 Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author of Climate Change and Writing the Canadian Arctic (Palgrave 2018), Canadian Historical Fiction: Reading the Remains (Palgrave 2014), and Northern Experience and the Myths of Canadian Culture (MQUP 2002). From 2005-2007, she co-edited the Journal of Canadian Studies with Donald Wright. She edited Native North... | More about Renée Hulan »

Rob Malo

Rob Malo

Rob Malo, also known as TiBert le Voyageur, is a Franco-Manitoban Métis storyteller, author, stage performer, juggler, poet, and community builder who shares his passion for history and culture with people of all ages. Recognized by Storytellers of Canada as being a Master Storyteller, Rob has been the Writer in Residence at the University of Manitoba, he draws on his background as an Educational Programs... | More about Rob Malo »

Nuala Hayes

Nuala Hayes

Nuala Hayes is an actor, storyteller, and independent radio producer. She trained at the Abbey Theatre, and has performed and toured extensively both in Ireland and abroad. Her interest in storytelling began over 25 years ago, when she founded Two Chairs Company with musician Ellen Cranitch to explore words and music in performance orally retelling Irish legends, myths, and folklore. She enjoys working with musicians... | More about Nuala Hayes »

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou has devoted much of his career to studying the storytelling traditions and the environmental politics of Indigenous communities in Canada, especially in Métis, Cree and Anishinaabe territories. He was inspired to study Indigenous stories by his late father, Ray Cariou, a gifted Métis storyteller.  He has published works of fiction and memoir as well as critical writing about Indigenous storytelling, literature and environmental philosophy.... | More about Warren Cariou »

Aubrey Hanson

Aubrey Hanson

Dr. Aubrey Jean Hanson is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Calgary in Canada. Her ancestry extends to Red River Métis, German, Icelandic, Cree, French, and Scottish roots. Aubrey’s research spans Indigenous literary studies, curriculum studies, and Indigenous education, looking in particular at how Indigenous literary arts can precipitate relationships between non-Indigenous learners... | More about Aubrey Hanson »

Oein DeBhairduin

Oein DeBhairduin

Oein DeBhairduin is a creative soul with a passion for poetry, folk herbalism and preserving the beauty of Traveller tales, sayings, retellings and historic exchanges. He is the manager of an education centre and a long-time board member of several Mincéirí community groups, including having had the honour of being vice-chair of the Irish Traveller Movement and a council member of Mincéir Whidden. He seeks... | More about Oein DeBhairduin »

Renée Hulan

Renée Hulan

Renée Hulan is the 2020-2021 Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author of Climate Change and Writing the Canadian Arctic (Palgrave 2018), Canadian Historical Fiction: Reading the Remains (Palgrave 2014), and Northern Experience and the Myths of Canadian Culture (MQUP 2002). From 2005-2007, she co-edited the Journal of Canadian Studies with Donald Wright. She edited Native North... | More about Renée Hulan »

Linda Ervine

Linda Ervine

Linda Ervine is a language rights activist from East Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a supporter of the Gaelic Irish language and Ulster-Scots. Linda established the Turas Irish Language Programme on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, which currently caters to over 300 learners of the Irish language. Linda is President of the newly formed East Belfast GAA club. | More about Linda Ervine »

Nicola Campbell

Nicola Campbell

Nicola Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis from the Nicola Valley, British Columbia and currently lives in Stò:lō solh temexw. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko, Shin-chi’s Canoe, Grandpa’s Girls and A Day with Yayah. Her stories weave cultural and land-based teachings that focus on truth, love, respect, endurance, and reciprocity. Her Ph.D. dissertation research through UBC Okanagan draws upon Indigenous scholarship with a focus... | More about Nicola Campbell »

Úna-Minh Kavanagh

Úna-Minh Kavanagh

Úna-Minh Kavanagh is a Gaeilgeoir and hails from Co. Kerry. She’s a journalist, author and multimedia content creator, and published her book, Anseo—about growing up in Kerry, the Irish language, identity, and racism—in 2019. In 2017, Úna-Minh won the award for Social Activist of the Year with U Magazine for her initiative, ‘We Are Irish’ and now edits the good news website WeAreIrish.ie. She’s a... | More about Úna-Minh Kavanagh »

James Kelly

James Kelly

A graduate of UCD and KU Leuven (Belgium), James is CEO of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, a role which he balances with his work in the arts sector. Driven and inspired by values of community and creativity, he worked for some years in theatre, dance, and the visual arts—experience which greatly informed his subsequent work as a documentary filmmaker. He is chair of the... | More about James Kelly »

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is the author of 24 books in just about every genre. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films. Mahsi cho. Thank you! Photo: William Au | More about Richard Van Camp »

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Storyteller Jack Lynch is firmly rooted in the seanchaí tradition, mixing ancient Irish myths and Wonder Tales with scurrilous Tall Tales set in the County Cavan. He has much experience in schools, libraries, hospitals and prisons throughout Ireland and has played at festivals throughout the island and in England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Estonia, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, the West Indies, Newfoundland and... | More about Jack Lynch »

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou has devoted much of his career to studying the storytelling traditions and the environmental politics of Indigenous communities in Canada, especially in Métis, Cree and Anishinaabe territories. He was inspired to study Indigenous stories by his late father, Ray Cariou, a gifted Métis storyteller.  He has published works of fiction and memoir as well as critical writing about Indigenous storytelling, literature and environmental philosophy.... | More about Warren Cariou »

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Liam Ó Maonlaí is one the most gifted and versatile musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent decades. A founding member and frontman of the internationally successful Hot House Flowers, Liam also performs widely as a solo artist, and in collaboration with other musicians around the world. His music is rooted in Irish tradition with deep connections to gospel, blues and rock. ”I believe the... | More about Liam Ó Maonlaí »

Pura Fé

Pura Fé

Pura Fé, whose name means “Pure Faith,” was born in New York City and is an heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation. She is an artist, an activist, and much more. Her musical journey, running the gamut from folk to mainstream through an artful use of the blues, reflects the concerns of an artist who grew up in the Motown era, while citing Buffy Sainte-Marie,... | More about Pura Fé »

Jeanette Armstrong

Jeanette Armstrong

Jeannette Armstrong, Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies, is Syilx Okanagan. As an award-winning writer and activist, novelist, and poet she has always sought to change deeply biased misconceptions related to Indigenous people. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy. She is the recipient of the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Her research in Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought... | More about Jeanette Armstrong »

Manchán Magan

Manchán Magan

Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times, reports on travel for various radio programmes, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ, and the Travel Channel. He lives in an oak wood, with bees and hens,... | More about Manchán Magan »

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou has devoted much of his career to studying the storytelling traditions and the environmental politics of Indigenous communities in Canada, especially in Métis, Cree and Anishinaabe territories. He was inspired to study Indigenous stories by his late father, Ray Cariou, a gifted Métis storyteller.  He has published works of fiction and memoir as well as critical writing about Indigenous storytelling, literature and environmental philosophy.... | More about Warren Cariou »

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Cree/Halfbreed; German/Polish) is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist, a singer/songwriter and a critical thinker whose family roots are from Papaschase First Nation, amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Kikino Metis Settlement from the land now known as canada. Her work critically investigates and articulates a dynamism of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) in contemporary time-place with a practice that incorporates Indigenous language(s), audio, video, virtual reality, the... | More about Cheryl L’Hirondelle »

Sherry Farrell Racette

Sherry Farrell Racette

Sherry Farrell Racette (Metis/Algonquin/Irish) is an interdisciplinary scholar with an active arts and curatorial practice. She was born in Manitoba and is a member of Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec (unceded Algonquin territory). She has done extensive work in archives and museum collections with an emphasis on retrieving women’s voices and recovering aesthetic knowledge. Her principle areas of interest are Metis history and visual culture, Indigenous photography,... | More about Sherry Farrell Racette »

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou

Warren Cariou has devoted much of his career to studying the storytelling traditions and the environmental politics of Indigenous communities in Canada, especially in Métis, Cree and Anishinaabe territories. He was inspired to study Indigenous stories by his late father, Ray Cariou, a gifted Métis storyteller.  He has published works of fiction and memoir as well as critical writing about Indigenous storytelling, literature and environmental philosophy.... | More about Warren Cariou »

Aidan Fearn

Aidan Fearn

Aidan Fearn is a player on the under-21 Iroquois Nationals team. He is Mi' kmaq and a member of Glooscap First Nation. He also has Celtic roots and is eager to be heading to Ireland for the 2022 Men’s under-21 World Championship. Aidan began playing lacrosse at nine years old, playing several positions including goalie, defense, attack, and now is a Faceoff/ Midfielder Specialist in... | More about Aidan Fearn »

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy was a player on the Ireland National Lacrosse Team for 11 major tournaments between 2004 and 2019, and was captain from 2005 to 2010. He co-founded both the Dublin Lacrosse Club and University College Dublin Lacrosse Club, and has coached both teams. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Ireland Lacrosse since 2009, and he is the event director for the 2022 World... | More about Michael Kennedy »

Sonny Campbell

Sonny Campbell

Sonny Campbell has been playing lacrosse for 12 years, since starting at NUI Galway. He has lived and played in the UK, Australia, and even a little in India, and has been lucky enough to play for the Irish national team since 2014 which gave him the opportunity to play lacrosse in many more amazing corners of the world. In his day-to-day life he is... | More about Sonny Campbell »

Devon Buckshot

Devon Buckshot

Devon Buckshot (Sahweñnagadih) is player on the under-21 Iroquois Nationals team. He is Beaver Clan from the Onondaga Nation. He is a redshirt freshman attack player for High Point University (North Carolina, USA) where he is studying sports management. Devon attended IMG Academy, Florida, from 2016-2018, where he led the team to second place in Nationals. He played for the Iroquois Nationals under-19 team in... | More about Devon Buckshot »

Kontiwennenhawi — Akwesasne Women Singers

Kontiwennenhawi — Akwesasne Women Singers

The Akwesasne Women Singers were formed in 1999 by four inspired and inspiring women: Bear Fox, Katsitsionni Fox, Elizabeth Nanitcoke and Iawentas Nanticoke. The women were driven by the need to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk Language), traditional Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk People) customs and stories, as well as the oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter. The group was founded on the... | More about Kontiwennenhawi — Akwesasne Women Singers »

Thirza Cuthand

Thirza Cuthand

Thirza Jean Cuthand (b. 1978 Regina, Saskatchewan) makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA majoring in Film/Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her MA in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. She has performed at Live At The End... | More about Thirza Cuthand »

Brenda Rawn Jordan

Brenda Rawn Jordan

Brenda Rawn Jordan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada and UCD Dublin. She worked as a councillor with adolescents before moving to Dublin in 1984. Brenda is a company director and an executive in the film industry for over 35 years. | More about Brenda Rawn Jordan »

Paul Halferty

Paul Halferty

J. Paul Halferty is Assistant Professor and Head of Drama Studies at University College Dublin, where he also serves as Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies. He is a theatre historian and performance studies scholar whose research examines the intersection of theatre and identity, primarily sexual, gender, national, and racial, in Canada and Ireland. He is a graduate of York University (BFA), and University... | More about Paul Halferty »

Naomi Wilson

Naomi Wilson

Naomi graduated with a Degree in Fine Art Sculpture in Dublin in 1988. After spending ten years in New York, she returned to live in the west of Ireland where she set up Loophead Studio. Together with artist Brian Doyle, she has produced a number of short animated films (influenced by the materials and folklore of the area) that have screened at festivals internationally. | More about Naomi Wilson »

Elaine Gallagher

Elaine Gallagher

Elaine Gallagher is an Irish writer/director/producer and the writer/director of An Rinceoir, screening at the Landspeak Festival. An Rinceoir (2011) was funded by Screen Ireland and is currently on the Irish language syllabus in Irish secondary schools. Elaine's other shorts include Reel: Irish Women (2016), which explores the untold story of the women who took part in the 1916 Rising—the insurrection against British rule in... | More about Elaine Gallagher »

Tasha Hubbard

Tasha Hubbard

Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a filmmaker and an associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies/Department of English and Film at the University of Alberta. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory and has ties to Thunderchild First Nation in Treaty Six Territory. She is also the mother of a fourteen-year-old son. Her academic research is on Indigenous efforts to return the... | More about Tasha Hubbard »

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin is a member of the Millbrook Mi'kmaw Community Truro, Nova Scotia. She is an independent international award-winning film producer and director, a writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first Mi’kmaw woman filmmaker from the Atlantic region. She is the past Chair of APTN and served on the board for the first five years of its inception. She has contributed to... | More about Catherine Martin »

Daniel O’Hara

Daniel O’Hara

Daniel O’Hara is a director from Dublin, based in Edinburgh. He has directed television projects for a wide range of international broadcasters and content providers, including Netflix, BBC, Sky, RTÉ and TG4, on shows including Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, Brassic, Doctor Who, and Being Human. His short films, Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom and Fluent Dysphasia have won a combined total of 25 awards at... | More about Daniel O’Hara »

James Kelly

James Kelly

A graduate of UCD and KU Leuven (Belgium), James is CEO of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, a role which he balances with his work in the arts sector. Driven and inspired by values of community and creativity, he worked for some years in theatre, dance, and the visual arts—experience which greatly informed his subsequent work as a documentary filmmaker. He is chair of the... | More about James Kelly »

June Scudeler

June Scudeler

June Scudeler (Métis) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, at Simon Fraser University. Her research examines the intersections between queer Indigenous studies, Indigenous literature, film, and art. She is currently delving into Indigenous horror. She has published articles in Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Canadian Literature,... | More about June Scudeler »

Louise Ní Fhiannachta

Louise Ní Fhiannachta

Born in the Rebel County, raised in The Kingdom and now living in The City of the Tribes, Louise was always destined to have an identity crisis, a theme that’s been strongly threaded through her work. She most recently received funding from Screen Ireland’s Director Conceptual Development Fund to develop her feature Skinfull—a blackly comic and visceral take on a girl’s decision to get sober.... | More about Louise Ní Fhiannachta »

Kevin Lee Burton

Kevin Lee Burton

Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker, programmer and freelance editor. One of the main areas in which Kevin has focused his artistic endeavors is to explore how “traditional” concepts can be coherently iterated within technological contexts. Specifically, Kevin has designed a niche by working in his ancestral tongue, Cree. Kevin received his film training at the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program in... | More about Kevin Lee Burton »