Duke Redbird

Ojibwe artist and scholar Duke Redbird has been a trailblazing figure in Canadian Indigenous culture. As a spoken-word performer on the sixties folk scene, he quickly emerged as a respected Indigenous advocate, serving on the Native Council of Canada and other Indigenous organizations. He’s an accomplished poet, actor, essayist and playwright, and his film work includes Charley Squash Goes to Town (1969), The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau (1974), and the feature drama Dance Me Outside, which he associate produced. He has an MA in interdisciplinary studies from York University and an Honorary Doctorate from OCAD, where he helped establish the Indigenous Visual Culture program. He was instrumental in getting Indigenous territorial acknowledgements introduced into Toronto schools.