Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte is a Cree from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation near the town of Duck Lake, Sask., and was educated at Rivier Academy in Prince Albert and the University of Saskatchewan. Darlene has been working with the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre since 2013.
She is extremely hardworking in any workplace, but her devotion is to family and dedicates that other part of her life with showing much love and support. Darlene’s past experiences in the workplace include Executive Assistant at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Departmental Secretary at U of S Native Studies, and One Earth Farms FN LP.
Darlene is also a 13-year member of the local concerned citizens group Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) whose focus is on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Darlene received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 for this volunteerism and was a national finalist, and later a juror, for Samara.com “Every Day Political Citizen - Project”.
Darlene has written published articles and engages in local, provincial, and national interviews media outlets on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Darlene was invited this August 2018 by Huffington Post Canada blog to write on experiences living in the prairies and transitioning into an urban setting as an indigenous woman.
She currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband Chris Sicotte and mother to Christopher, Cory, Aren, Sunflower, and grandmother to Albert Jr. and Dayshawn all of whom enjoy the local, provincial, and national arts scene.
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