Csetkwe Fortier


Csetkwe (she/her/stamiya) is a multi-gifted artist with her roots in the Syilx (Okanagan)
and Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nations. Holding the respect of being a sqwuy (mother to
sons) stamiya (Two Spirit) and a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, she mainly works in
ceremony, mental health, storytelling, performance art, song/ poetry writing, painting,
illustration and most recently murals. She is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of
Indigenous Art, receiving a National Aboriginal Professional Artists’ Training certificate
and Nsyilxcn Language Program certificate. She honed her love for performance art
during her time in the Full Circle Ensemble Program in Vancouver, BC. Csetkwe’s
performances include those of a solo and collaborative artist as well as part of the
k̓ʷem k̓ʷem słénsłénəy (pronounced: quam-quam-slen-slen-ay) – Indigenous Drum
Collective and as the former front woman in multimedia performance collective
Skookum Sound System. Some of Csetkwe’s notable performances include: A New
Dawn with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, T(w)o New Heights – Kamloops
Symphony Orchestra, Juno Awards with Arcade Fire, EvenTide Night of The
Matriarch-Victoria BC, Indigenous Women In the Arts- Toronto, Ont., Centennial
College- Toronto Ont., Big Medicine Studio- Nipissing, Ont., Sakewewak Storytellers
Festival– Regina Sask., Adaka Festival- Whitehorse Yukon, Push Festival at
Performance Works- Vancouver B.C, among others.

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