“I write commentary, poetry and prose - both creative non-fiction and fiction.”
I am the co-founder of the Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Harm Reduction Coalition as well as the Indigenous Arts Council, and a MA candidate in the Art History department at Concordia University.
My current work is entitled nîtisânak: a collection of short stories with poetry within the narrative. The work contextualizes Cree kinship and is deeply based in community. nîtisânak (a Plains Cree kinship term meaning “siblings”) is my first attempt at compiling a short story collection. Currently in production for nîtisânak are 3 stories: 1) a historical fiction story based on the histories of my own Ojibiway ancestors from Valley River; 2) a fiction story about an Indigenous youth in care living in Regina, SK; and 3) a speculative fiction story about a two-spirit youth receiving their moon teachings in a dystopic future wherein colonial capitalism has resulted in the subjugation of the land. I have also recently applied for a Canada Council grant in order to participate in a Banff Centre residency in order to work more closely with the manuscript in the fall.
I write commentary, poetry and prose - both creative non-fiction and fiction. I do a lot of research into traditional stories in order to ground myself in traditional story-telling methodologies. I also draw heavily from the community around me and teachings. My work would best be described as traditional cultural practice fused with contemporary literary method.
Lindsay Nixon is an Anishinaabe-Nehiyaw writer currently residing in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal, Quebec).