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Member Profile

Cynthia Lickers-Sage

Executive Director


Arts Practice(s): Media Arts
Nation(s): Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River

Cynthia Lickers-Sage is a proud recipient of the Governor-General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross. Following her graduation at the Ontario College of Art and Design, she Co-Founded The Centre for Aboriginal Media, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, and is the sole proprietor of Clickers Productions. She has spent the last two decades working in the not-for-profit arts sector as the former Executive Director at the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, and the General Manager at Kaha:wi Dance Theatre where she gained valuable skills to take on her current position as the Executive Director at the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance.

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Member Profile

Brit Johnston

Program Manager


Arts Practice(s): Theatre
Nation(s): Ojibwe, Serpent River First Nation & Italian

Brit Johnston is an Anishinaabekwe theatre artist and arts supporter. Brit grew up on-reserve/on the land in Serpent River First Nation, studied at the University of Ottawa (Theatre B.A.; M.A. abd), and now is based in the Bay of Quinte Area (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory); she continues to hold strong ties to her community and Ojibwe culture while also learning about her Indigenous relatives. Her work with the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) is centered on uplifting Indigenous voices across Turtle Island.

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Conor McSweeny

Marketing & Communications Coordinator -and-

Project Coordinator, IPAA Tech Bundles 


Art Practice(s): Music, Photography

Nation(s): Settler – Irish, Italian, Polish

Conor McSweeny is an arts administrator, musician, and photographer with a passion for connecting people through the arts. After finishing his MA in Popular Music and Culture at the University of Western Ontario, he spent three years at 918 Bathurst Centre as the administration and production manager helping to produce hundreds of events. In 2019, he left 918 Bathurst to become the City Director for pop-up concert company, Sofar Sounds Toronto. When he’s not producing events, you can usually find him behind a camera, or in front of a loud band.

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David Wilkinson-Simard

Northern Ontario Regional Program Coordinator


Artistic Practice(s): Theatre, Music, Dance, Traditional Storytelling

Nation(s): Treaty Three Anishinaabe, Obishkokaming First Nation

David belongs to the Kingfisher Clan, originally from Obishkokaang FN and now resides in Thunder Bay, ON, land of the Fort William FN in the Robinson Superior Treaty Territory.

He has been active in the First Nation music and art scene since the age of 12 and mentored under the guidance of the late Dr. Richard Lyons of the Lyons Dance Group. Later founding the Thunder Mountain Singers, the group recorded several international live and studio-recorded albums (1992-2012). Music collaborations include Folk singer Rodney Brown, Fiddle Player Pierre Shreyer, Shyanne Hovorka, Classic Roots, and the Thunder Bay Symphony. The group won numerous accolades including the Indigenous Peoples Choice Music Award, Thunder Bay Arts and Heritage Award; and City of Thunder Bay Citizens Award; and nominations for best album by Native American Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

David is a proud member of his community and gives back by participating in various committees for performing arts, heritage, cultural and educational boards in Thunder Bay.

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Mary Ann Maiangowi-Manatch

Marketing & Membership Intern


Art Practice(s): Fine Arts, Painting, Traditional Arts

Nation(s): Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation, Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Mary Ann is an emerging Odawa (Wiikwemkoong) & Algonquin (Mitchikanibikok Inik) artist practicing on Mississauga & Haudenosaunee land, specializing in acrylic and oil paintings.

Mary Ann’s work focuses on healing and ancestral knowledge pulling from her life experiences to create culturally significant pieces that help discuss Indigenous issues as well as Indigenous pedagogy.

Mary Ann is currently a student in the Fine Arts Studio diploma at Centennial College in

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Mya Wong

Administrative Assistant Intern


Art Practices: Theatre

Nation(s): Settler – Chinese, Vietnamese

Mya Wong is an emerging artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her theatre adventures started on the floor of the Canadian Plays section at North York Central Library and have gone on to include 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2021, Crane Creations, and now IPAA. Mya is currently a student in X University’s Acting program.