Three people, 20 years, many voices as one ...
JP Longboat is a Storyteller, Multi-disciplinary Artist. He is Kanyen'kehà:ka (Mohawk), Turtle Clan, and grew up along the River Ouse, Haldimand Deed territory, Ontario. JP has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree through combined education at the University of Michigan and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has extensive professional training and practice in traditional and contemporary forms of visual art and live performance.
JP has trained, collaborated, and performed with many professional theatre and dance companies across Canada. His work emanates from the cultural ways of his people and his creative process is grounded in the legacy of Haudenosaunee artistic practice. He is the founder and Associate Director of Circadia Indigena – Indigenous Arts Collective based in Algonquin territory, along the Kichi sibi at Akikodjiwan Falls. The collective creates full length performance works and land-based Multi-disciplinary festivals. He currently serves as Board Chair for the LodgePole Arts Alliance.
Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan As an inter-cultural planner, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan combines a 30-year professional career in the social sciences, from anthropology to public policy, with national to global experiences working on four continents and across 12 countries. With a lens rooted in social equity, Terri currently services clients as a consultant through her company, Inclusive Voices Incorporated, Inclusive Voices | Building concerted communities, as well as through a senior leadership role at Ontario Presents, Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network | (ontariopresents.ca). Terri holds a national role as a sector trainer for the Cultural Human Resource Council of Canada in Maintaining Respectful Workplaces in the Arts, while continuing to support various cities and municipalities across Canada in their development of Cultural Plans, Public Art Plans and building Indigenous relationships based in reciprocity. Terri proudly identifies as mixed Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and British descent where her people come from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ireland and England. She currently lives on Wolfe Island in Ontario with her partner ornithologist Mark Read and their Portuguese water dog Higgs Boson.
Dr. Paul Chaput is a Métis academic, actor, singer, composer, filmmaker, and poet.
In November 2015 he completed his PhD in Geography at Queen’s University. His dissertation used film (Planting Stories, Feeding Communities: Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples, and Film) as a research methodology to bring academic findings back to Indigenous communities.
Two CDs of his original compositions were nominated at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist and Best Folk Album. He is one of four founding members of the Metis Nation of Ontario and was a founder and the Artistic Director for the first three years the Métis Arts Festival in Toronto.
He was a founding member of the Metis Arts Collective. He initially served as the Chair of the organization then went on to develop the Metis Arts Festival and served as its Artistic Director for the firsts three years.
Paul has co-produced, hosted, and narrated –in French and English- 26 episodes of Finding Our Talk: A Journey Through Aboriginal Languages that aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He wrote and directed five of these APTN episodes. He also produced, directed and wrote two docudramas on Restorative Justice for Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services in Thunder Bay to help frontline workers introduce Restorative Justice practices in northern fly-in Nishnawbe Aski communities. In 2017 he produced We Are One, a film on Indigenous Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation south of the 50th parallel.
In July of 2019 Paul was retained by RMC as the Director of ALOY, the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year Program. He also created the curriculum for and taught the course, PSE120: Indigenous Peoples and the Military.
Dr. Chaput is one of four founding members of the Métis Nation of Ontario and the conceptual architect of its long-term visionary Prime Purpose.
In 1995 he was awarded the Star of Courage by Governor General Romeo Leblanc.