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Suzanne Keeptwo is a multi-faceted Métis (Kitchisipirini Algonkin) artist who is inspired by traditional Anishinaabeg teachings as a foundation of her artistic practice and teaching philosophy. She has worked within an Aboriginal context for close to 25 years as a professional teacher, writer, editor, facilitator, consultant, and theatre activist ( Suzanne’s focus and expertise is bridging cultural gaps of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. She draws upon age-old Teachings, often combined with theatre art forms, as a means of educating others about indigenous realities. As a poet, Suzanne is called upon in her local community to present her work for fund raising initiatives to support indigenous peoples’ causes. Suzanne’s professional highlights include developing a “Street Theatre” program for Aboriginal adults in transition for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health; writing numerous Study Guides for the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) indigenous theatre programming; serving as the NAC cultural advisor & community liaison for an Aboriginal interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear; instructing culture-based theatre skills to Aboriginal youth at the Odawa Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School; writing on a vast array of themes including: the Appropriation of Cultural Images; Banishment versus Charter Rights; the Manitoba Justice Inquiry; the Role of Clan Mothers; Self-Government Struggles; Defining Aboriginal Identity; Concepts of Time; and Transmissions of Worldview for Pearson (Publishing) Education Canada; advising the artistic director of the Museum of Civilisation’s theatre program about the fur trade and the birth of the Métis Nation; and facilitating her own Exchange Experience: Validating 500 Years of First Nation History to various venues, organizations and institutions across Canada. Suzanne has a yet-to-be published memoir which explores Métis & First Nations’ cultural differences and spiritual identity, and has recently completed her first full length play, All My Relations, which follows the trails of seven generations of one Algonkin family. She is happy to be serving on IPAA’s Council to help serve and promote indigenous performing artists across this country.