ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
JESSICA "JAYLYN" ATSYE
Rock Your Mocs was founded by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico U.S.A. and she has partnered with Emergence Productions, a Native American owned Event Production Company, who together are working hard to expand this cultural empowerment initiative worldwide.
Charlene Moore is a filmmaker, sound recordist and is the Director of the film Moccasin Stories.
Winnipeg filmmaker and member of York Factory First Nation, Charlene Raven Moore is passionate about storytelling and highlighting Canadian issues that affect Indigenous Peoples. As a Cree, Saulteaux, and Welsh woman, Charlene creates films that focus on identity, connection, and resilience. Charlene advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ to hold narrative sovereignty because she believes storytelling can be a powerful way for audiences to heal, learn, and explore. To support the community of Indigenous filmmakers in Winnipeg, Charlene volunteers as a board member of the Indigenous Filmmakers Association and co-organizes the annual Indigenous Film Summit held in Winnipeg.
She has completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Indigenous Studies and Film at the University of Winnipeg, as well as the New Voices and IndigiDocs programs at the National Screen Institute. Charlene is currently a participant in the Hot Docs Filmmaker Accelerator program and is working to complete her Masters in Indigenous Governance at the University of Winnipeg.
Charlene has created numerous films that have been nationally broadcasted and have played internationally at film festivals. Charlene worked as a writer, director, and editor for her debut documentary Moccasin Stories,a 20-minute film created with support from Bell MTS. She recently wrote, directed, and produced her NSI IndigiDocs film When the Children Left, which has been broadcasted on APTN and documentary Channel. The 11-minute documentary was recently screened at the 2019 Gimli Film Festival with Charlene winning the Indigenous Spirit Award and Manitoba Shorts Audience Choice Award. Charlene is currently developing her first feature documentary Birthright, which follows her family’s healing journey to their first ceremony.
Kat Pasquach,Aboriginal Outreach and Retention Coordinator, Aboriginal Education Centre will host a discussion on Black & Indigenous solidarity exploring the topics of kinship and relocation. Students, Staff and Faculty from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are encouraged to attend.
JULIE RAE TUCKER
Julie Rae Tucker is the Director of Public Programs & Advocacy at the Arts council Windsor & Region. She is a Windsor-based artist, independent curator, and cultural worker. Tucker, earned her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Windsor. She is Lunaapeewi from the Munsee Delaware First Nation and is of settler descent.