Forging
New Pathways


The International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS) is the only global event dedicated to creating awareness, sharing resources, and building opportunities for the Indigenous music community.

The International Indigenous Music Summit is the only global event that provides a unique space for Indigenous artists to discuss, exchange, and share and connect with one another, in a culturally sensitive and appropriate space directed at building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between artists and industry professionals.

Participants and collaborators include creators, event organizers, presenters, key knowledge holders from the arts sector, and cultural connectors from many parts of the world.  An elder advisory committee has foundational input on thematic material, organization, and execution.  IIMS embeds international buyers as delegates, selecting cultural connectors within regions that represent particular opportunity for Canadian based Indigenous artists.

ShoShona Kish is an Anishinaabekwe community organizer, producer, activist, songwriter and JUNO award-winning touring artist. ShoShona leads the multi-award-winning band Digging Roots, with her husband, Raven Kanatakta. Their music breaches categorization, seamlessly blending global and traditional Indigenous sounds with roots, blues and soul.
SHOSHONA KISH
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Amanda is a Citizen of the Métis Nation and a singer/songwriter that has self-managed her music career for over 15 years. She has released 5 full length albums. Her album “Keep a Fire” was nominated for a JUNO Award and won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year. Amanda is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
AMANDA RHEAUME
OPERATIONS MANAGER
Marie-Celine is Naskapi from Kawawachikamach, QC, she is a powwow dancer, a Cultural Ambassador, an Indigenous Public Relations specialist, and brings in many years of experience working in Communications and Public Relations in various Indigenous organizations.
MARIE CELINE EINISH
COMMUNICATIONS
Sarain is Anishinaabe from Batchawana First Nation, just outside of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. She is a dancer, choreographer, stylist, activist, brand ambassador, television host and content producer. A storyteller at heart, Sarain has combined these various mediums to create a compelling social platform for amplifying the voices of her people. Sarain’s screen highlights include the award-winning series, RISE (Viceland), Cut-off (Viceland) and APTN’s Future History.
SARAIN FOX
GIIWEWIZH DIRECTOR
Jennifer Podemski is an award winning Film and Television Producer and Actor born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Of mixed First Nations and Israeli decent, Jennifer began her acting career as a teen. Her career blossomed when she was cast as Pique in CBC's The Diviners followed by a starring role in Bruce McDonald's Dance Me Outside.
JENNIFER PODEMSKI
GIIWEWIZH PRODUCER
Emily Smart is the VP of Marketing & Publicity at Six Shooter Records (Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, William Prince, The Dead South, Zaki Ibrahim, and more). Smart also operates independent publicity company Tire Fire Press (Chilly Gonzales, Beatrice Deer, Heavy Bell & more). With 15 years of experience in the music industry, Smart has overseen and executed the publicity and marketing campaigns for JUNO Award winning, internationally acclaimed artists and albums.
EMILY SMART
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Allison Outhit, LL.B, CCIP™ has worked for over 30 years at the intersection of Creativity and Commerce, with executive experience in administration, licensing ,and international business development in the film/TV and music industries, in both the for- and not-for-profit sectors.
ALLISON OUTHIT
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Raven is Anishinabe and Mohawk, from Winneway, Quebec.
RAVEN POLSON-LAHACHE
CO-ORDINATOR
Banakonda is the Elder in-Residence with the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study at Wilfred Laurier University. She is an Indigenous cultural advisor, teacher, and Traditional Practitioner, and has served Indigenous communities for over forty years.
BANAKONDA KENNEDY KISH BELL
ELDER
Kawennison Louise Lahache is a Turtle clan woman from Kahnawake. Louise has spent most of her life working in education at the community level, on and off reserve. Louise has also done much research and policy work in between teaching gigs, serving the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Assembly of First Nations, and the National Association of Friendship Centres.
LOUISE LAHACHE
ELDER

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