We present Indigenous artists.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba is incorporated under the laws of Manitoba as a corporation without share capital (i.e., not-for-profit). The Corporation is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors.
The Aboriginal Music Manitoba board members are Alan Greyeyes, Brett Huson, Jacques St. Goddard, Sandra Seidel, Jennifer Duka, Francine Compton, Kyra Wilson, Michael Hutchinson, and Jarita Greyeyes.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba has no staff and contracts project managers and administration personnel on a project-by-project basis.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba is universally accepted as a leader in the development and growth of the Aboriginal music community.
The purpose of Aboriginal Music Manitoba is to present, promote and nurture Aboriginal music and culture in order to build audiences at the community level and beyond.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba believes in and will demonstrate, through its policy and actions, the values of:
Excellence—maintaining the highest artistic standards, and a high level of professionalism in all of our activities.
Integrity—remaining a reliable and knowledgeable resource for Aboriginal musicians and audiences.
Innovation—exploring cutting edge artistic practices, new music, and creative modes of presentation wherever possible.
Dedication—committing ourselves to fairly representing and compensating artists at all times.
Accessibility—ensuring that all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people are able to learn about, listen to, and watch Aboriginal music and talent.
Diversity—representing the broadest range of musical styles and genres possible, including artists at various career stages and accommodating diverse musical tastes.
Accountability—being vigilant about our responsibilities to our funders, developing best practices, and being open and transparent to our stakeholders and community.
Collaboration—maximizing the positive effects of partnerships with other organizations, artists, music industry personnel, agencies and other presenters.
A Tribe Called Red & Oka collaboration
Aboriginal Music Week 2014
Take the Fort! at Aboriginal Music Week 2011
Our Board of Directors
Alan Greyeyes, Chairperson
Alan Greyeyes is the chairperson of Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM). Greyeyes fulfils the roles and responsibilities of the organization's executive direction while it develops the financial capacity to hire staff (the organization currently spends all the money it raises on artist fees, production, and marketing for the festival).
Greyeyes is skilled at completing funding applications, creating and pitching sponsorship packages, drafting and executing service agreements, managing suppliers, directing marketing campaigns, producing events, and the creations and monitoring of budgets. He brings these skills to the organization and festival and works hard to help the rest of the AMM board develop similar skills.
Under Greyeyes' leadership AMM has develop a comprehensive policy guide and a set of custom by-laws along with guiding documents like a needs assessment and strategic plan. Greyeyes also creates the business plan for the festival each year along reports for each board meeting, reports for all funders and partners, and the organization's annual report.
In 2013, Greyeyes was honoured with the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for his contributions to the arts.
Greyeyes is a member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. He graduated from Trent University in 2002 with a B.A. majoring in Economics and was featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 edition of the university's alumni magazine.
Brett Huson, Vice Chairperson
Brett is Gitxsan from the Northwest Interior of British Columbia. He's a musician with a love for the arts and has a great interest in supporting Aboriginal artists. This lead him to take on a volunteer position with the Aboriginal Music Manitoba Board of Directors.
With 12 years experience in the film and media industry Brett hopes to apply his knowledge to help further the development and exposure of Aboriginal artists across Canada. He is currently a Promotions and New Media Producer at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Jacques St. Goddard, Member
Jacques St. Goddard is founder and CEO of the Canadian Plains Gallery at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg. The Gallery promotes premiere art from Manitoba’s Aboriginal artistic community. Canadian Plains has assists in the careers of over 200 Aboriginal artists (painters, carvers, jewelers and crafters), dancers, models, writers and musicians. It offers clients portfolio development services, a gallery space to show and sell their work.
Jacques St. Goddard
Francine Compton, Director
Francine Compton has 16 years of television broadcasting experience. She began her career as a host/reporter for the Medicine Wheel show on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She then joined APTN full-time in February, 2000, where she held various roles, including associate director, reporter, video-journalist, editor and television director. Francine is now the Executive Producer of APTN Investigates, an award-winning current affairs and investigative news show. She is also the go-to, fill-in producer for APTN National News.
Her heritage is a strong factor in her personal life. Francine is Anishinaabe, having grown up on the pow-wow trail, and has always practiced her culture. She enjoys all forms of traditional music, while her favorite modern artist is Alkaline.
Sandra Seidel, Director
Sandra is currently employed with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network working as the Associate Director for News and Current Affairs.
Sandra has worked on a variety of live shows, including the Aboriginal Day Live Concerts and the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. Since 2006 she’s travelled and worked with some of the best in the Aboriginal music industry
As a proud Indigenous woman Sandra hopes to continue to promote and showcase the best in Indigenous music, sports, arts and culture. Sandra is a member of Women in Communications and Technology. She is of Cree and German ancestry. Sandra is a proud a mother and a proud Board Member for Aboriginal Music Manitoba.
Jennifer Duka, Director
Jennifer grew up in Lorette, M.B and moved to Winnipeg with her family during her teen years. She was raised in a musically inclined family and although she envies her talented relatives, when it comes to expressing herself artistically Jennifer's outlet of choice is paint and a blank canvas.
At an early age she found a passion for sketching and painting. Her skills developed over the years while working on portraits and murals. She is of Sioux ancestry and likes her pieces to reflect her culture. Jennifer has donated many of her pieces for friend’s fundraisers to raise money for Cancer Research.
Kyra Wilson, Director
Michael Hutchinson, Director
Michael Hutchinson is a member the Misipawistik Cree Nation and Treaty 5. He has been a cohost of APTN National News for over four years. Michael’s start in journalism began in Alberta at The Calgary Straight, and the aboriginaltimes magazine, which was a monthly supplement to The Globe and Mail. Within a year, he was appointed to managing editor. After a move to Ottawa, Michael spent three years as a writer/editor for the Indian Claims Commission. He moved back to Winnipeg to work in communications at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and to make sure his kids experienced his family and homelands.
Jarita Greyeyes, Director
Jarita Greyeyes is from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and the Red Pheasant Cree Nation, both located in Treaty Six Territory. A graduate of both the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Victoria's Indigenous Governance program Jarita is a committed community organizer. Currently, Jarita is a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan and the Manager of the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a member of the kimiwan 'zine collective, an Indigenous arts quarterly founded by Joi Arcand.