In this episode of Red Man Laughing we talk with author, scholar and artist - Leanne Simpson. Leanne is the author of the incredible "Dancing On Our Turtles Back" and having read the book (going on 12 times now), I decided that i NEEDED to have Leanne on the podcast to share her empowering and enlightening message. Her book changed my life and I not only wanted to thank her, but I wanted to dig a bit deeper in terms of decolinization and where that journey must start - with us, as individuals.
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About Leanne Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer and scholar of Michi Saagiik Nishnaabeg ancestry and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, is an Adjunct Professor in Indigenous Studies at Trent University and an instructor at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge, Athabasca University. She has also lectured at Ryerson University, the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Winnipeg.
Leanne is also an oral story-teller and language-learner. She has performed at the last two Ode’min Giizis festivals in addition to Nishnaabemowin Saswaansing’s Solstice Storytelling event. Dr. Simpson lives in Nogojiwanong, the inspiration for much of her work, where she homeschools her two children. She is currently the co-director of Wii-Kendimiing Nishinaabemowin Saswaansing, a language nest for Nishnaabeg families and she is also a member of O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk artist collective.
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