June 29, 2022 At ArtsJunktion With Andree Forest and Janelle Delorme
Andrée Forest (elle/she/her) is francophone Métis from Red River, with homelands in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba and Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan. Passions and activism have brought her many places: Toronto for French for the future, Vélo-City Vienna to present about winter cycling and Batoche with the Red River Echoes collective. She engages with her many communities through sport, writing, biking, singing, beading and a new-found love for hide work. She is currently project coordinator for the Manitoba Research Alliance at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba and Chair of la Société historique Métisse.
Janelle Delorme(elle/she/her) is a francophone Red River Métis activist and drum carrier, born and raised in St-Boniface / Treaty 1 territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Nehiyaw/Ininew, Anishininew, Dakota, and Denesuline Peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. From 2011-2013, Janelle participated in the ReconciliACTION program at Université de St-Boniface, a 2-year journey of creating meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. As a KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitator since 2015, she educates people about the impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. In June 2021, she organised the placing of 215 ribbons on the walkway at the St. Boniface Cathedral after the first announcements of unmarked graves in Kamloops at a residential school site. Janelle is a popular education specialist and believes that mindsets change through education. She is a sought-out speaker and workshop facilitator on “reconciliation”, has spoken on several panels, written many articles and is the host of the French podcast “Chronique RéconciliACTION” on Envol 91.1FM. She was recently recognized for her work as one of 4 recipients of the 2022 Champion of Indigenous Education award.