Astral Harvest Podcast Episode #23 Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis with over thirty-five years of performance experience in multiple artistic disciplines. She is co-founder and artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and produces the annual Rubaboo Arts Festival (10th annual in 2019) and the ED of Dreamspeakers Film Festival. She is the first Indigenous Associate Artist of the Citadel Theatre, and first Indigenous board member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, sits on the national Canada2020 Frankfurt Book Fair board, and is the former Vice Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Formerly she was the executive producer of the SOAR Aboriginal youth arts training program, coordinator for Centre for Race & Culture's Oti Nikan Leadership Academy for Aboriginal youth in the arts, and academic research coordinator for University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies' Otipemisuak Project. She’s attended the University of Alberta, the Banff Centre for Arts, and the University for Peace (Costa Rica, Indigenous Rights in the Field). She consulted on the Edmonton Arts Council's The Art of Living as well as both the Diversity and Indigenous audits of the EAC, and on the 2005 Alberta’s Cultural Policy and was on the artist panel for the Mayor's 2011 Arts Visioning. She served as Chair of the board for Edmonton Arts Council, on the board executive of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the Wicihitowin Arts & Culture Action Circle, and on the board of Dreamspeakers Film Festival. Christine has also served on the steering, working and selection committee for the ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ one of the first Indigenous Public Art Parks in the world. You might have seen her on stage in 9 Parts of Desire, Undiscovered Country, or The Rez Sisters, How I Learned to Drive, or Sound & Fury's MacBeth. She co-wrote and starred in Flint & Feather: Story of Tekahionwake E Pauline Johnson and adapted her children's book Minosis Gathers Hope into a play at the Talking Stick Festival and for Concrete Theatre's Sprouts Festival, currently on a national double bill tour with the play Bears by Matt MacKenzie. She was recently in feature films The Louder Silence, 40 Below and Falling and It's Not My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway, and has been seen in APTN's Blackstone and Mixed Blessings. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts, and the 2016 Mayor's award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership.