This is an article from our special all-Indigenousdigital issue, “Sovereignty.”
Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit trans woman who creates to reclaim and harness ancestral magic and memories. She is originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, and is now based out of Halifax. She is an author and multidisciplinary artist. She has work published with Them, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, This Magazine and CBC Arts. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. Her debut collection, Disintegrate/Dissociate, was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature, won the Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry and is a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. Her work has been exhibited in galleries countrywide, including the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Toronto Media Arts Centre, La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, the Centre for Art Tapes, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. In 2019 she was awarded the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia for her work. She is currently a MFA candidate at OCAD University.
The crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) impacts almost every Indigenous community across the country. In response, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists feel compelled to address this crisis affecting their homes and families through works of art that crystallize pain and call for change
Five members of the Winnipeg-based drag collective The Bannock Babes, have a chat on the significance of building a community on the Prairies and reveal the power behind Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer performance