Praire Livelihood Project maintains a relationship with a local advisory council that consists of community members, elders, and practitioners to help in guiding and fostering our existence and mission.
Janelle Pewapsconias (she/her) is a social entrepreneur and founder of Neeched Up Games and Neechimoose Novelties, Nehīyaw spoken word poet, and public speaker based in the Treaty Lands now known as Little Pine First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. She studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Lands Management and Renewable Resource Management and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in Business Administration. She has placed in four business plan and pitch competitions, will be going to her second national poetry competition in May. She has also given a Ted Talk and the board president of the Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society.
Living in the rez, Janelle creates, writes and shares work that reflects pride in her culture but also brings stories that celebrates our resilience and strength. She believes in ahkamemowin – meaning resilience and never giving up. She works to make change through business and give platform to Indigenous stories and resilience in her poetry.
Celeste Tootoosis M.A.
Celeste Tootoosis is from Poundmaker Indian Reserve and has 30 years of teaching experience. She has worked for various first nations schools and is fluent in the Cree Language and strives to live and maintain Cree Culture in various ways from creating land based cree immersion camps and creating dance regalia. She is active in various community initiatives in the Battlefords area. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education Administration program at the University of Saskatchewan and plan to pursue a PHD in Land Based Education (Department of Educational Foundations). Her goal is to create a Cree language immersion school in the Battlefords that will include, culture as a healer, the Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship, Life Skills and Journey work.
Wakeah Jhane is from the southern plains and is a self taught ledger artist from the Penatuka (honey eater) and Yaparucah (root eater) bands of Comanche and is also Blackfeet and Kiowa. The late Wakeah Hoaway (1914-2010) of her maternal family gifted her name to her prior to birth in their traditional Comanche way, meaning "woman who finds lost things". In 2016 Wakeah Jhane was invited as a demonstrating artist during the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City for their new exhibit, Unbound: Narrative Art of The Plains. Her ledger piece titled ‘Blackfeet tipi’ entered and won first place in the 2012 SWAIA’s Indian Market Youth division of painting and drawing. She also showed successfully at the Autry Museum’s Indian Marketplace, Heard Museum Guild Indian Market, Native Treasures, Santa Fe Indian Market, Indian Market Winter Show and the NMAI Winter Art Market. Much of her art is informed and influenced by plains and praire culture. She is an advocate for indigenous birthing, children and mothers and currently resides on Poundmaker Indian Reserve supporting and maintaining land based education and praire livelihood .
Daryl Lucero is from Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico, USA. He is an alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also has his Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Indigenous Liberal Studies at IAIA where he teaches classes on Traditional and Contemporary Pueblo Architecture. Daryl is a land-based practitioner, who farms and teaches and likes to read and write. Daryl a PhD student in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. His work concentrates on land based educational models and projects. He is currently the Language and Cultural Preservation Administrator for the Pueblo of Sandia in New Mexico.