This week on blackcoffeepoet.com we brought attention to the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada via an Opinion Editorial by Anishinaabe Kwe Christine Luza, a Letter by Cindy Bourgeois to her Transgender sisters asking them to care about and act on the epidemic, and an interview with Anishinaabe Kwe Naomi Sayers accompanied by a photo essay of the For Our Sisters rally in Toronto. We end the week with powerfull poems by Native women speaking out against violence!
Tania Carter is a Native woman from British Columbia living in Toronto who is finishing her master’s degree in Indigenous performance. The proud mother of a beautiful daughter, Tania has been surrounded by activism and artist all her life. She believes activism and the arts are not separate entities and says, “I believe this is an Indigenous rooted belief. I was born to writers and would like to carry on this tradition to help young women that I once was. I love poetry and the analysis of everything that touches me.”
Sâkihitowin Awâsis is a Didikai Métis Two-Spirit of the Carré Clan. They are a spoken word artist, community organizer, and writer who currently resides in the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat-Huron, and Attawandaron Peoples territories of Southwestern Ontario. You can read and hear more of their work at awasis.blog.com.
Dumont is currently working on her fourth collection of poems which is focused on Metis politics, and the life of her relative, and Indigenous revolutionary hero, Gabriel Dumont.
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