Before I begin my introductions, I want to give credit for the image I am using in this blog. It is a section of a painting done by Christi Belcourt titled, “Even My Garden Knows What Peace Is”. Christi is a Métis artist whose traces her ancestry back to my home community of Lac Ste. Anne. Her work is absolutely stunning and I urge you to check it out on her site: http://www.belcourt.net/
I am a 34 year old Métis mother of two girls, born and raised just outside of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta which is about 70 km west of Edmonton. I have BEd and taught for some time in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. I obtained my LLB from the University of Alberta and then promptly moved to the only civil law jurisdiction in the country…Quebec, making my common-law degree rather less useful.
So here I am, in Montreal, adjusting to an urban existence far from my home territory, adjusting to a new language and culture, and attempting to get my professional qualifications up to snuff so that I can practice law in this province.
On top of all that, I am pursuing my passion for my Plains Cree language and aboriginal language education in general, and shifting my attention to Indigenous law (our law) rather than Aboriginal law (how the Canadian state relates to us). I ‘relax’ via roller derby as Louise Riel. Less strenuous forms of leisure have me writing and singing songs in Plains Cree.
By the way, for some reason people keep thinking I am Khodi Dill, a non-native male educator (and sometimes slam poet) from Saskatchewan. I linked to a piece of his once, but I am a bit mystified as to why people think I am he. So to set the record straight…no, I’m not Khodi Dill 😀
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I’m not a huge fan of the comments section on Huff Post which I have no control over and I’ve made the conscious decision not to read or answer posts when I publish there. I try to post my shorter works on HuffPost and keep the longer discussions here.