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Savannah Erasmus

Savannah Erasmus is a “Fashion” comedian, co-host of Millennial Line and Camp! Comedy! In so-called Vancouver.

She was raised in Kikino Metis Settlement and Cold Lake First Nation, in Treaty 6 Territory. Her Indigenous perspective and “fashion focused” lens creates a fresh and unique stand up persona that audiences adore

Comedians

Brenda Prince

Brenda Prince was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She now makes her home on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is an Anishinabe and Bear Clan. Brenda is a graduate of the Stand Up for Mental Health Program and Laughterzone 101. She was a finalist in BC’s Funniest New Female Comic 2021 and 2022 and she appeared at the Arctic Comedy Festival.

Nicole Etitiq

Nicole Etitiq is am Inuk comedian from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has just recently toured to Toronto for the Just for Laughs Festival. Nicole is also a frequent performer for the Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival.

Ticia Aks

Hello! I’m Ticia Aksidan! I’m from the unceded territory of Gitxan Lax Yip! My home reserve is called “anspayaxw” which translates to “the hiding place”. I’m the one not hiding anymore! You might know me, I am known to be a deadly auntie on tiktok! 

Nyla Carpentier

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in North Vancouver. She is a new mom, a powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. Theatre acting highlights: Battle of the Birds (Savage Society), The Flats/Les Flats (Prairie Theatre Exchange and Theatre Cercle Moliere), The Berlin Blues and Ipperwash (The Blyth Theatre Festival), Busted Up: A Yukon Story (Openpit Theatre), God’s Lake (Castlereigh Productions) and Nyla performed her new solo Dissection of a… Mixed Heritage Woman (Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festival) Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage – her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future.

Raven John

Raven John, artist, involuntary comedian and two-spirit activist, is of Coast Salish and Stolo Nation decent. This Two-spirit Trickster is a BFA graduate from Emily Carr
University of Art and Design, with a major in visual art and minor in social practice and
community engagement, as well as a graduate of the North West Coast Jewelry Arts program at the Native Education College. Raven is a visual artist, cultural consultant, mediator, storyteller, photographer and sculptor. A jack-of-all-trades (and master of a few), their practice covers a wide array of mediums from provocation and humor, puppet
making, ceramics, dressmaking, interactive electronics and indigenous technologies. Should you wish to participate in direct action regarding Truth and Reconciliation and/or the ongoing colonization/genocide of the indigenous peoples of Canada, feel free to visit their following website to directly wire them money for coffee, comic books and/or art
supplies.

Laura Lewis

My name is Laura Lewis, I come from the Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Tahltan and Tlingit Nations. Although raised in the urban setting of Vancouver BC, I have always stayed connected to my roots within my indigenous community of the Nisga’a Nation. As most indigenous people, I find that laughter is the best medicine and indigenous humour has always been apart of my everyday life; whether it was rowdy, rezzy or deadly humour – jokes and stories were always being shared. I love to entertain and I enjoy making people laugh – it is a gift – that I was always taught to share. I have created a social media account via TikTok under “Auntie Lah” creating an indigenous spin on regular songs (Rez-mix) and by bringing my perspective of indigenous humour onto my social media platform to share online with others. I honestly can’t wait to be a part of IndigE-Girl and be able to learn and surround myself with other Deadly Aunties.

Workshop Facilitator

Issa Kixen

Issa Kixen is an Anishinaabe Two Spirit comedian/journalist/Producer who is a band member of Couchiching First Nation, Ontario. They have traveled across Canada and the USA as a Comedian and improviser. They use comedy as a tool in dealing with racism, transphobia and ableism. They are the Co-founder/producer of WOKE Comedy Hour, Associate producer at CBC Manitoba, was featured on APTN’s The Laughing Drum, a member of the Bannock Babes drag collective and they are the executive producer for Minogondaagan: the good voice podcast.