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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers on Narrative Sovereignty

Matthew Lehner

2 min read

The Canada overdose crisis, in huge part due to colonialism, racism and intergenerational trauma affects Indigenous peoples at a rate of 10%- and they make up 2.6% of the Canadian population.

Indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women.

These dire statistics are a testament to what the reality is, and it’s something that people often turn a blind eye to if it doesn’t “concern them”. But there’s a director who is adamant to share the lives of her people– and she’s doing it by leading with responsibility and consent.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a member of Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe) and also Sámi from Uŋárga (Nesseby, Norway). An award-winning actress and filmmaker, whose work covers heavy topics that affect the Indigenous community, she operates from an empathetic and respectful Indigenous lens:

Leaving no stone unturned, in this fifth episode, the discussion gets into sharing hard-hitting experiences, and ultimately the care and accountability that comes with it.

You can also listen to the conversation here via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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