Singer/Songwriter – Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada
Ali Fontaine (Shkotay Makwa) is an Anishinaabe from Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Ali is a singer-songwriter and has released two albums and has been nominated for multiple Canadian and International awards including the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (Winnipeg), Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (Toronto), Native American Music Awards (Niagara Falls, NY) and the Indian Summer Music Awards (Milwaukee, WN). In 2011 Ali received ‘Most Outstanding Manitoban’, ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Country CD’ at the 2011 APCMA’s and ‘Best Country Recording’ at the Native American Music Awards for her debut album. Ali later received ‘Female Entertainer of the Year’ at the 2013 APCMA’s.
Ali is currently a student at the University of Winnipeg and will be graduating next year with a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies/Human Rights and will continue her education in the field of Law and Indigenous Governance. While in school Ali works part-time as an Aboriginal Program Guide at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Ali is also involved with multiple youth leadership groups such as EIGYL (Empowering Indigenous Youth through Governance and Leadership) and the Sagkeeng First Nation Lawmakers Assembly Youth Council in her home community.