Teme-Augama Anishinaabe – People of the Deep Water / Temagami First Nation /

Sandra Laronde

An accomplished arts innovator, multi-disciplinary artist, and visionary leader, Sandra Laronde plays a vital role in the ongoing Indigenous cultural resurgence of Canada. Laronde is also the founder of Red Sky Performance, an award-winning company that leads in the creation, elevation, and evolution of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Through her multidisciplinary approach to art and technology, she leverages AI to transform and stylize narratives in the space of generative AI and creativity. Laronde’s accolades are numerous and include the 2023 Indspire Award for the Arts, the 2023 Indigenous Artist Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation, the 2023 Horace Mann Upstander Award, the 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize, the 2021 Order of Ontario and the 2020 Celebration of a Cultural Life Award, among other recognitions.