Community Advocate, Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik
Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte, is a Cree from Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation near the town of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, 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. 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 14-year member of the Saskatoon 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 national finalist & national finalist and later a juror for Samara.com “Every Day Political Citizen – Project”. Darlene has published articles and engages with local, provincial, and national media outlets on issues related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Darlene has been the Non-Legal Advocate for Iskwewuk who had Party with Standing status for National Inquiry to MMIWG2S. She currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband Chris Sicotte and mother to Christopher, Cory, Aren, Sunflower, and grandmother to Albert Jr., Dayshawn, and Joseph all of whom enjoy the local, provincial, and national arts scene.