Indigenous Arts Committee

Catherine Tammaro, Chair

Taomesre ~ People of the Little Turtle, Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Wendat Confederacy

Catherine was born and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of art making, including painting, fine art, award-winning design, theatre, soundscape/installation, musical collaboration, jewellery making, illustration, photographic/written journalism, extensive photo based digital collage and graphic works. She is an enrolled member of, seated Faith Keeper; Little (Speckled) Turtle Clan and the former Communications Officer for the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation. She has been working with the academic community of late and is currently and was recently involved with several projects such as The Daughters of Aataentsic, the Star Collective, Red Embers, Walking With Our Sisters, and others. Catherine is Akin Collective's Premiere Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, the Chair for the Children’s Peace Theatre Council, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association, the Taiaiako:n Historical PreservationSociety and is involved with the Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. She is a visiting Elder at OCADU and Ojibiikaan and is working with many agencies, city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise. She has presented papers at Universities in Vancouver, London, Toronto and Tahlequah, Oklahoma and she attends and helps facilitate ceremonies across the Wendat Confederacy. She is also working on her upcoming installation for Crawford Lake Conservation Area in 2021. Catherine is a not only a mentor and community Grandmother but is also a perpetual student and teacher of Indigenous spiritual teachings and oral traditions as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse.


Zainab Amadahy is of mixed race background that includes African American, Cherokee, Seminole, Portuguese, Amish, Polynesian and other trace elements. She is an author of screenplays, nonfiction and futurist fiction, the most notable being the adequately written yet somehow cult classic “Moons of Palmares”. Based in peri-apocalyptic Toronto, Zainab is the mother of 3 grown sons and a cat who allows her to sit on one section of the couch. 

Emily Henderson is a Kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) writer based out of Toronto. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, her educational background is in cultural and museum anthropology, and she was a staff writer and editor at the Inuit Art Quarterly for two years before transitioning into the Executive Assistant role with the Indigenous Curatorial Collective in 2020. Emily's primary focus has been on Inuit and circumpolar arts, and in 2019 she guest-edited the first ever issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly that featured all-Inuit contributors. 

Lindsey Lickers is a Haudenosaune/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, facilitator, and Indigenous community advocate originally from Six Nations of the Grand River with ancestral roots to the Mississauga’s of Credit First Nation. Artistically she specializes in painting, beading, leatherwork. She has also spent much of her career as an arts and culture facilitator as well as advising in the areas of Indigenous governance, program development and community development. Her traditional name is ‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’, which translates to ‘Medicine Water Woman’ and she is of the turtle clan. Lindsey is a graduate of OCAD University and has sat on several community advisory boards and committees in the Toronto area over the last 10 years. In 2017, Lindsey was shortlisted and awarded a public arts project for the Region of Waterloo’s LRT System resulting in a permanent public instillation for the Block Line stop that speaks to the historical stewardship of the land base of Waterloo and the importance of agriculture from a First Nations perspective. Lindsey’s most recent public art instillation, ‘Debwe’, was part of the Red Embers project from June to October of 2019.

Ginew (Graham) Paradis (he/him) is Michif/Wiisaakodewin from Penetanguishene with ancestral ties to the Metis homelands, specifically Lesser Slave Lake, AB and the Red River Settlement. He is a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario. Giniw has been beading since 2012 as a self-taught artist and started mentoring under Naomi Smith (Chippewas of Nawash, Neyaashiinigmiing Unceded Territory) in 2014. His beadwork and quillwork have been featured at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Art Mûr, the PAMA Museum, Guelph Civic Museum, the Niagara Falls History Museum, and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Michael White is currently at the University of Toronto as the Special Projects Officer, Indigenous Initatives office.  He’s the Vice President for the board at Miziwe Biik, Employment and Training and holds an Honours B.A. focused in Specialist in General Anthropology from University of Toronto.  He’s an experienced Executive Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry.