My name is Anna and I am Opaskwayak Cree (Treaty 5) and Scots Métis from Saskatchewan. I am also English and Irish on my Mother’s side. I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (Blackfoot Territory, Treaty 7), and currently reside on the unceded homelands of the Snuneymuxw Nation (Nanaimo, B.C). Prior to this, I lived on on the unceded homelands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam Indian Band (Vancouver). It is important for me to acknowledge the people, histories and lands where I have lived, as these people and places have informed my story and contributed to my world view.
I have always lived in cities, and have reconnected with my culture through working with Indigenous women and youth, engaging with Indigenous plants, ingredients and cuisines, and through traveling to Indigenous communities around B.C and Alberta as a facilitator and consultant. I have recently started the most important job of my life – becoming a Mother. I welcomed my daughter into the world in June, 2019.
My vision for this blog is to curate my thoughts, interests and experiences, as a new Mother, as an urban First Nations person and as a woman. Through writing and sharing about my life, my hopes are to cultivate connection while simultaneously creating a home for the things that inspire me. Thanks for taking the time to visit! All my relations.