Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta. She has a BEd and LLB and is mother to three girls, step-mother of two more. Vowel is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. She is passionate about creating programs and materials that enable Indigenous languages to thrive, not merely survive. Vowel and her family currently reside in amiskwâciwaskahikan (Edmonton).
Delgamuukw. Sixties Scoop. Bill C-31. Blood quantum. Appropriation. Two-Spirit. Tsilhqot’in. Status. TRC. RCAP. FNPOA. Pass and permit. Numbered Treaties. Terra nullius. The Great Peace….In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel opens an important dialogue about these concepts and more as well as the wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. In 31 essays, she explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories: Terminology of Relationships; Culture and Identity; Myth-Busting; State Violence; and Land, Learning, Law, and Treaties.