Keynote Speaker

Haudenosaunee Mahlikah Hands Ups


Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw drum talk poetic rapologist; poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator, Social Change Workshop Facilitator, performance artist, artist mentor, radio host, festival curator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the TD Centre of Learning Regent Park, TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow, Canadian Labour Congress New Faces Of Feminism National Speaker, and founding member of Red Slam Collective, an Indigenous hiphop movement, finalists for the TD Diversity Award. Red Slam’s debut 14 trax Digital LP, Right Level was released this spring, and is a mash-up of lyrical content relevant to indigenous struggles and resiliency today infused with Hip-Hop beats; live instrumentation and oral storytelling.

Awe:ri a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist released the spoken word EP Serpent's Skin in 2011, and is currently published in 7 literary anthologies, and the only hiphop artist featured in the international digital storytellers project: Biology Of Story which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival.

Recent Showcases include: Artist in Solidarity with the Chippewas of Thames First Nations and their fight against Line 9; opening Act with Red Slam for 2017 Feminist Art Conference at OCADU; Red Slam’s Life as Ceremony, at the Theatre Centre; a featured artist for TVOKids Music Week, and headliner at The Unity Festival 10th Anniversary Concert at David Pecaut SQ.