(OTTAWA, February 2) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has just launched a monthly magazine to tell the fascinating, heart-warming, and sometimes poignant stories of the Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people of Canada.
The first edition of Kci-Niwesq, which in Maliseet means the great spirit of the female side of all life and all things, went online at the end of January.
Kci-Niwesq will tell the tales that might otherwise go untold. It will introduce readers to Indigenous elders and youth and those in between, highlight the issues that are important to them, and talk about the ways that NWAC is working to make their lives better.
In the first issue, we introduce you to Janey Michael, a Mi’Kmaq fisher of elvers whose season has been disrupted by poachers, to Shelley Charles who is helping to conserve an ancient Indigenous squash, to Rose Moses who is bringing back the tradition of First Nations doll-making, and to Alma Brooks whose spiritual journey needs to be shared. As well, in an exclusive interview with well-known British actor Joseph Fiennes, he talks about why he is ‘haunted’ by the violence against Indigenous women in Canada and what he’d like to do about it.
In the future, Kci-Niwesq could be a platform for aspiring Indigenous journalists to share their work with the rest of Canada.
We hope that you will enjoy issue number one, which can be accessed at this link on the NWAC web site https://www.nwac.ca/kci-niwesq/ and that you will subscribe for free, to receive future editions.
Come join us on this adventure, and let us tell you the stories of the Indigenous women of Canada.