Sâkihitowin Awâsis

Sâkihitowin Awâsis is a Michif Anishinaabe two-spirit water protector, writer, and spoken word artist from the pine marten clan. Currently living along Deshkan Ziibiing (Antler River), she is a Phd Candidate at Western University who has been active in local Indigenous-led anti-pipeline movements. As a writer, she has contributed to the book A Line in The Tar Sands and Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Rooted in ancestral story-telling traditions and inspirited by hip hop, her poetry has been awarded by the Ontario Native Women’s Association and featured in Red Rising Magazine. Centering Anishinaabe ways of knowing, her work as a geographer and community organizer draws connections between self-determination in energy decision making and the health and well-being of Indigenous nations. She talks to plants and animals, and is continually inspired by acts of decolonization, resurgence, and community healing.