Catherine Blackburn was born in Ile a la Crosse Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She grew up in the small rural town of Choiceland, Saskatchewan and holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Blackburn is a bead artist, painter and jeweller whose common themes address Canada’s colonial past that are often prompted by personal narratives. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Beadspeak (2016) Slate Fine Art Gallery, Regina, Worlds on a String:Beads, Journeys, Inspirations (2016) Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto and Woven (2015) Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a Governor General History award for her painting Grandma,and the highly recognized Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant. She is affiliated with the Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria, BC,the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert, Sk. and Slate Gallery in Regina, Sk., for her work in painting and beadwork.