CV Mariel Belanger

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Vitae

*select years.

In second year doctoral studies, pre-Qualifying Exam.


2021-25 – PHD Queens University – Cultural Studies: Indigenous Gaming, Digital Cultures, Futurisms & Epistemologies
2020 – PHD York University – Graduate Theatre Studies: Sqilxw Performance Theory
2018 – MFA UBC-O – Interdisciplinary: Performance & Indigenous Studies
2015 – BFA UBCO – Interdisciplinary Studies: Performance
2007 – Enowkin Centre National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program: Traditional Fusions
2003 – Algonquin College General Arts and Sciences: Broadcasting and Communications


2022 – Canadian Graduate Studies SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship
2021-2022 Teyonkwayenawá:kon – Queens University Graduate Scholarship
2021 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship – York University
2020 – Domestic PHD Fellowship – York University
2020 – BC Arts Council Scholarship
2018 – Outstanding Indigenous Graduate Student, International Congress of Qualitative Research
2017 – SSHRC Canadian Masters of Fine Art scholarship
2017 – UBCO Aboriginal Fellowship
2016 – National Indian Brotherhood Scholarship
2014 – Deans List UBCO FCCS BFA Interdisciplinary Studies: Performance
2013 – Deans List UBCO FCCS BFA Interdisciplinary Studies: Performance
2009 – Okanagan Nation Women’s Giving to our Children & Youth Award


2022 – Small Business Start up and bookkeeping – Community Futures
2020 – Mentorship in Directing: Merchants of the Wild, APTN
2020 – Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency, Banff Centre
2019 – Care of Objects in Indigenous Cultural Centres, Canadian Conservation Institute, BC Museums Association
2019 – Exhibition Development with Tim Willis, BC Museums Association
2018&19 – Coyote Writers and Tricksters BC Women in Film Script Writing Seminar
2008 – Banff Centre – Aboriginal Emerging Writers Workshop
2008 – Gulf Island Film and TV School Documentary Workshop
2006-10 – Actors Foundry Matthew Harrison Scene Intensives multiple years


2023 – “(un)learning to (re)member: ripples, responses, responsibilities (recipe for a (de)collective)” Artist Pages for the Performance Research issue 28.6 On Activation.
2023 – “Sqilxw Woman: She Brings Bundles” chapter in UNSETTLING EDUCATION: DECOLONIZING AND INDIGENIZING THE LAND. Edited by Lewis,P. etla
2023 -“Protected: Respons(A)bility” chapter author in Percee peer reviewed journal
2022 – Smoke and Ash anthology, contributing poet. Vernon
2019 – “stəqpistns iʔ pqlqin / kihew omīkwan Eagle Feather” co-authored chapter in New Directions for Theorizing in Qualitative Inquiry. Norman Denzin, James Salvo. Myers Educational Press
2019 – “Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement” co-authored chapter in RESEARCH AND RECONCILIATION Andrea Breen, Lindsay Dupre, Shawn Wilson
2018 – “Tribute to James Luna” authored article in alt.Theatre cultural diversity and the stage magazine Vol 14.3
2018 – “We Came Singing” co-authored article Jill Carter, Virginie Magnat. alt.Theatre cultural diversity magazine and the stage Vol 14.3
2018 – “Tule mat lodge” authored article in alt.Theatre cultural diversity and the stage Vol 14.2 Curator/contributing writer
2017 – “Series: A Return to Place – Embodied Story Practice” and “Peter Morin: Expert Time Travel Conductor” alt.Theatre cultural diversity and the stage, Vol 14.1 curator and author, page 26, 31
2012 – “Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations Vol 2” contributing poet page 7, Ottawa IPSO Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement
2001 – “Transformation – Gatherings XII Literary Journal” contributing poet page 35-37 F. Belmore, E Ostrowidzki Penticton Theytus Books
2000 – “Our Words Our Revolutions” Poetry Anthology, contributing poet, S. Harding Toronto INANNA publications


2023 – Protected:Respons(A)bility panel presentation International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
2023 – Playing Decolonial Future(s)/Past(s): (Un)learning and (Re)imagining Performance Praxis panel. Festival Of Original Theatre. UofT
2022 – Tule Mat teachings.Four Food Chief Gathering,ONA Penticton
2022 – A Decolonizing Activation 7 day residency: Land Acknowledgements and up cycled story telling activations in person engagements Cambridge
2022 – Pluralvocal Keynote reading of “Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement” at the “Canadian Soundings symposium, Victoria
2022 – Heartbeats: Indigenous Art and Story from the Interior, panelist Vernon Public Museum
2022 – Syilx panel Indigenous Art Intensive, UBC Okanagan
2022 – Embodied Story Practice, panelist International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry  
2021 – A Decolonizing Activation – co creator/presenter Theatre Department, York University
2021 – Indigenous Performance Practices – course taught UBCO Indigenous Arts Intensive
2020 – Decolonizing Research – panelist Indigenous Research Methodologies in western Academic Institutions. California Institute of Integral Studies
2020 – Sqilxw Healing: Indigenous Arts Research Methods – lecture INDI 820-A, Elizabeth Fast, Concordia University
2019 – Illegal Let us Live – Testify: Using Interdisciplinary Performance Art as method of engaging community dialogue -lecture UBCO Summer Indigenous Institute, variation of also at Gonzaga Ethnicity Race and Indigenous Peoples conference
2019 – Embodied Story Practice: facilitator elementary workshops in captikwl story embodiments. Okanagan Indian Band, nkmaplqs isnmamayatn klsqilxwtet school, Okeefe Ranch
2018 – “Testify Collective” presenter at Co-Create Collective Wisdom Symposium, MIT Boston
2018 – “The Earth Reclaimed Her: Embodied Story Practice” panelist International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
2017 – “Pulling Threads” Building Youth Land connections through Embodiments. panelist Native American Indigenous Studies Association Vancouver
2017 – Honouring Cultural Diversity through Intergenerational and Cross-Cultural Collective Vocal Practice” Canadian Association of Theater Research presentation with Dr. V. Magnat, J. Carter, V.Kelly and C. Derickson Toronto
2017 – Honouring Cultural Diversity through Intergenerational and Cross-Cultural Collective Vocal Practice International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry presentation with Dr Virginie Magnat and Cori Derickson Champaign-Urbana Illinois
2017 – “Indigenous Perspectives in Photography” lecture, Digital Photography A. Rutkauskas, F. Helfand UBC-O
2017 – “Bridging Stories: Discussions in Creative Industries and Protocol” Power point/Performance/ Community discussions Aymara Territory, Arica, Socorama, Ticnamar, Putre. Recua Productions
2017 – “Decolonizing through Artistic Practice” Video lecture UBCO CULT 100, Dr. R Lee
2017 – “Developing an Embodied Story Practice” UBCO INDIG 304 Field Methods (Pre-Engagement Strategies)  Dr. M.Tamez
2014 – They Connect Story Development, Visitor Protocol engagement with Lonko (chief) Jorge Calfuqueo and the Llaguepulli Community council Chile
2014 – “Public Art – Indigenous Perspective” presentation CARFAC Shatner Centre for the arts
2014 – “Okanagan Water & Biodiversity Forum” panelist, Sqilxw Apna Society, UBCO
2012 – “Picto Prophecies GPS Media Art” panelist imagineNATIVE Media Arts/ Ullus Collective, Toronto


2022 – Studio sísp̓l̓k̓ 7 Gallery opening – Curator/Owner
2022 – MITACS project  EarthDiver: Digital Landbased Worlding, with PI Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (Queens), Co-I Mary Bunch (York) Hodari Clarke Newtown and Native Women in the Arts, Emerging from the Water 360VR – Unit Blanche Toronto
2022 – “Not The Indian Princess You Expected” Co-curator Vernon Museum
2021 – “Reminders for the People” Artist Curator, LALA Contemporary Gallery Toronto
2020 – “Sqilxw Woman: She Brings Bundles.” Artist Curator, Terrain Gallery Spokane
2019 – “Atklokem” Group Exhibition Lake country Art Gallery
2019 – “Her Body Will Remember” Group Exhibition Kelowna Art Gallery
2018 -“Solstice Dreamer” Artist Curator, Pop Up Exhibition Okanagan Indian Band
2018 -“The Earth Re:Claimed Her” Artist Curator, Greenhow Museum Okeefe Ranch
2017 – “Water: The Sacred Relationship” Exhibiting artist, Vernon Art Gallery, Kama Collective
2017 – “Re:Claiming the Taken” Exhibiting artist, Enowkin, Penticton Art Gallery
2016 – “Embodying Legacy at En’owkin” Exhibiting artist Penticton Art Gallery
2015 – “The Earth Reclaimed Her” Exhibiting Artist Turning IGS Conference J. Angel FIPA Gallery UBCO
2015 – “Through a mirror, Darkly” Exhibiting Artist, FCCS UBCO/ Alternator Gallery
2015 – “Latitude 49.88” Exhibiting artist, UBCO Interdisciplinary Performance Showcase
2015 – “Drawing the Line at Boundary Road” Red Dress Project, Boundary Road Vancouver
2015 – “Pulling Threads” Exhibiting artist/coordinator Vernon Art Gallery
2014 – “Showing our Artwork” Exhibiting artist Enowkin Centre/ Ullus Collective
2014 – “Puti Kala” “Decolonize Me” Exhibiting artist, Vernon Art Gallery
2013 – “Transformers” Exhibiting Artist, Gallery Vertigo
2012 – “Transformations” Exhibiting Artist, Vernon Public Art Gallery


2023 – “sn̓kłca̓ʔsqáx̌aʔ tkłmílxʷ – Horse Woman“, Telus Optics/Storyhive  In production
2022 – “Bones of Crows” Native Auntie, Marie Clements, CBC
2022 – “The Bannocking” Barbara web series post production TBA
2021 – “Merchants of the Wild” director 2 episodes Season 4 APTN airing
2020 – “Merchants of the Wild” director mentee Season 3 APTN airing
2019- Tricksters and Writers Actor Staged Read Workshop “Reminders for the People” Vancouver Women In Film Festival
2018 – “Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement” Editor. Produced by Virginie Magnat, UBCO,ICER
2018 – “Head of the Lake Women” guest Quest Out West: Wildfoods S2, APTN,
2018 – “It happened that way” PSA Okanagan Nation Alliance, Producer/Director
2016 – “River of Silence” Helen Wolf, Michael Auger, PD Chalifoux Sohkeciwin Productions
2014 – “Hilda’s Story” and “Intergenerational Effects” 20 min Writer/Director/Producer Long Journey Home – Residential School Documentary series, Penticton Museum Ullus Collective
2014 – “Bihttos” Mom, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Bravo/ImagineNative Film Festival Embarago Collective
2014 – “Into the Grizzly Maze” Mary Cadellac David Hackl Indomitable Entertainment
2012 – “Reminders for the People” Writer/Director Picto Prophecies – Digital Poetics/ Art Experimental – Alternator Gallery/ Ullus Collective
2011 “A Song for Tigerlily” Writer/Director, GeoTag Art Exhibition Alternator Gallery/ Ullus Collective
2010 – “Twilight Eclipse” Third Wife David Slade Summit Entertainment
2010 – “Xixutem” Writer/Director Women of the Okanagan Alternator Gallery/ Ullus Collective
2010 – “Wolf Canyon” Production Assistant Alan Harmon Really Real Films
2010 – “Beast of Bottomless Lake “Receptionist” Craig March Provost Pictures
2009- “Tecumseh’s Vision” Tecumseh’s Mother Chris Eyre PBS
2008 – “I still hear my granny speak” Writer/Director Alternator Gallery/ Ullus Collective, imagineNative Film Festival, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival


2023 – Keynote: ESP for life and workshops with Good Will Shakespeare Festival Vernon
2023 – Embodied Story Practice workshops with Inspired Word Cafe Kelowna
2022 – Blue Mask Water beings, performed happenings, Runaway Moon Theatre, North Okanagan
2022 – Embodied Story Practice workshops with Tempest Theatre Penticton
2022 – Awakenings at Ignite the Arts “Sqilxw Woman: She Brings Bundles” Penticton
2020 – “Sqilxw Apna: The People Now” Live & Online Vernon Performing Arts Centre
2019 -“Illegal: Let Use Live” workshop performance, Pacific Contact
2019 – “Illegal: Let Us Live” Performance collaboration Testify Collective Kelowna Art Gallery
2019 – “Sqilxw Woman: Our Lives on the Water” – Nelson Mural Festival
2019 – “Beneath The Surface” community engaged theatre imagi’NATION Collective
2019 – “Their Voices Carry Across the Land: Canoe stories” Waterlution, SD #23
2019 – “White Noise” staged reading as Ts’ekwi. Taran Kootenhayoo writer, Renae Morriseau director, Savage Society, Talking Stick Festival
2018 – “Not a Judicial Terra Nullius” collaboration Testify Collective Saskatoon
2018 – “Not The Indian Princess You Expected”, MFA performance, Okeefe Ranch Vernon
2018 – “Spe pu c’n: Their Voices Carried Across the Land”. UBC Okanagan, Neskonlith Lake Bush Gallery
2018 – “Illegal: Let us Live” Performance collaborative Testify Collective, Montreal, North Battleford, Vernon, Boston,Santa Fe, Saskatoon, Victoria
2017 – “Illegal: Let us Live” Performance collaborative Testify Collective, Toronto, Windsor, London,Penticton
2017 – “Illegal: Let us Live: Testify”Chilean version Ticnamar, Putre Chile
2017 – “Spe pu c’n – Their Voices Echo Across the Land” Solo Performance Vernon
2016 – “Illegal: Let us Live” Performance collaborative Testify Collective, Vancouver,Nanaimo, Windsor
2016 – “An Evening of Strong Indigenous Women” Solo Performance Vancouver
2015/16 – “Beneath the Surface” Angry Mother J. Brousseau imagiNation
Chilliwack, Vancouver
2015 – “The Gamble” SiYa Storytelling VISA 460 E BFA performance UBCO Kelowna
2015 – “Hall of Femme” Indigenous Woman 4th Year Thesis UBCO, Kelowna
2015 – “K’asapiʔ A long time ago…Lutiʔ ɬʔ t̕l’axwilx iʔ st̕lsqilxʷ – xʷaʕylxʷ ,
National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training, Enowkin Centre Talking Stick Festival


2023 Indigenous Storytellers edition Lead Creative Storyhive
2020 BC Arts Council Youth Arts Engagement
2019 First People’s Cultural Council (FPCC) AADA 2020 Jury
2019 “Museum mentorship and Mariannes Tule mat house”, Okeefe Ranch FPCC 2019 “Marsh Materials” Sharing Traditions Sqilxw Apna, FPCC
2018  “Egalitarianism and the Isolation Lodge” FPCC
2018 “Skinning the Salishant Sturgeon Nose Canoe” FPCC
2018  Graduate Student Board member, Canadian Association for Theatre Research 
2017 UBCO Travel Grant to International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana Illinois
2017 UBCO Tuum Est “Tule Mat Lodge” display UBCO
2014 BC Arts Council “Professional Development” Cultural liaison, Chile
2014 Canada Council for the Arts “Story development” Travel Grant, Chile 2014 First Peoples Cultural Council “Pulling Threads” Youth Arts Engagement Vernon
2013 “Youth Engagement in Arts” BC Arts Council
2012 Canada Council for the Arts “imagineNative Film Festival Travel Grant Toronto
2009-12 First People Cultural Council AADA Sookinchoot Youth Media Program Vernon
2008 Canada Council for the Arts “imagineNative Film Festival Travel Grant Toronto

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