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Chokecherry Team

Ezra Harvey (they/them)
Co-Interim Executive Director

Priscila Cabildo (she/her)
Co-Interim Executive Director

Kiyari McNab (she/they)
Youth Engagement and Research Coordinator

Allison Forsberg (she/they)
Nisakihison Program Lead Coordinator

Gabby Daniels (she/her)
Nimis Group Coordinator

Drecin Martel (he/his)
Nistes Group Coordinator

Jade Creelman (they/them)
Harm Reduction Coordinator

Alex Stevens (they/them)
Drop-In Supervisor

 Zhe the free (she/her)
Artist in Residence

Wizwon (he/him)
Nisakihison Artist Mentor

Keith Sanderson (he/him)
Elder in Residence

Chokecherry Board of Directors

Dustin Ross Fiddler, Vice Chair
Dustin Fiddler Ross, Vice Chair 

Dustin was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and his home has always been in the boreal forests of Northern Saskatchewan. Through his upbringing he was taught traditionally from his Elders. Dustin holds these values passed down to him in highest regard and aims to honour them in his work and through his character.

Dustin is currently a Band Councillor recently re-elected to a 3rd term in his home community of Waterhen Lake First Nation where he continues to strive for a stronger education system, Nation owned child welfare legislation, and to further economic development. He is also a fellow with Action Canada - a program that is run through the Public Policy Forum of Canada. 

Margaret Kress, Member at Large

A Saskatchewan born woman, Dr. Margaret Kress, originates from the south grasslands in Treaty Four territory and the Métis homelands. She carries the name Tahkwaki Waapikwani Iskwew (Bear Clan) and her journey shows her wide connection to the prairies, the upland boreal forests and the wetlands, the rivers, lakes and oceans, and all those places which weave together her relations as those of the land. She embraces and honours her Michif ancestors and her Euro-settler ancestors of France, England, and Germany, as resilient and life-giving peoples. Margaret’s focus is centred on highlighting Indigenous reclaims of ecological and cultural knowledge, and of languages, matricultures, and wellness. As a scholar, teacher and researcher, she elevates transformative, inclusive and Indigenous storywork and engages in academic and community-based research to support initiatives led by Indigenous communities. Her writing includes selections within Métis Rising: Living Our Present through the Power of Our Past, Climate Chaos: Eco-feminism and the Land Question, kimiwan, Of Land & Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, and Honouring Indigenous Women - Hearts of Nations. She honours teachers across the lands who have taught her about traditional knowledges and plant medicines—you can find her in the northern boreal forests and on the prairies learning from her relations there.


Marjorie Beaucage, Member at Large
Marjorie Beaucage, Member at Large

Marjorie Beaucage is a Two-Spirit Métis Auntie, filmmaker, art-ivist and educator, a land protector and a water protector. Born in Vassar, Manitoba, to a large Métis family, Marjorie’s life’s work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations. Whether in the classroom, community, campsite or the arts, Marjorie’s goal has been to pass on the stories, knowledge and skills that will make a difference for the future. For Marjorie, story is medicine.

As a Two-Spirit Métis Elder, Marjorie takes on the tough topics that need to be discussed. Her work is focused on giving voice to, and creating safe cultural spaces for, traditionally silenced or excluded groups. Marjorie is known on the local, regional and national levels as an Elder who speaks truth to power, and who holds space for difference. She has been a Grandmother for Walking With Our Sisters; the Elder for OUT Saskatoon; and the Elder-In-Residence for the University of Saskatchewan Student Union. She has also been called on for national research initiatives that focus on Indigenous women living with HIV, Indigenous Harm Reduction, Indigenous youth who experience sexual and gender-based violence, and posttraumatic stress. In all of these, Marjorie returns to story as medicine, to art as medicine. Marjorie says of her work, “creation is a powerful thing; whether you’re making a baby or a loaf of bread or a movie, it comes from the same place. To get people to tap into that energy, that creates possibilities, so they don’t get stuck in this craziness that we’re in."

Tanis Worme, Member at Large
Tanis Worme, Member at Large

Tanis Worme (they/them) is an artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Treaty #6 Territory. Tanis is Plains Cree and a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation with maternal roots to Mistawasis Nehiyawak and paternal roots to Kawacatoose First Nation. Their growing body of studio work considers notions of memory through place while questioning the impulse of colonial thought imbued in created space. Tanis is a graduate from the Ottawa School of Art's Fine Art Diploma program, specializing in traditional printmaking methods and oil painting. The scope of their practice also includes tattooing, drawing, collage, performance, and sculpture. Tanis is a member of the Ottawa-based artists’ and curatorial collective, Wolf Babe, and currently a design student at the Azrieli School of Architecture at Carleton University.

Nikita Rathwell, Member at Large
Nikita Rathwell, Member at Large

Nikita is an associate lawyer at McKercher LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, practicing primarily with their Indigenous Law Practice Group. Her focus is First Nations litigation, governance issues and on-reserve development. Nikita attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2015 and Saskatchewan in 2019. When she's not lawyering, Nikita enjoys spending time with her rescue greyhound, fostering kittens for the SPCA, swimming, reading trashy detective novels and watching even trashier television. Nikita has absolutely no artistic talent and is therefore constantly in awe of the creativity and talent of the youth at Chokecherry.

Julianna Maggrah, Member at Large

Julianna Maggrah is a Mètis storyteller/writer from La Ronge, Saskatchewan. She began writing while unable to work due to illness and rediscovered her passion for TV and film. After studying Media Arts Production, she got a job with CTV and has written for The Northern Advocate, where she won an award. Julianna is a recent grad of NSI's New Indigenous Voices program and has been selected for the Queen's Jubilee Platinum Medal for her digital contributions to her community.