Aniin! My name is Ali Fontaine and I am Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from Sagkeeng First Nation (Zaagiing), which translates to 'the mouth of the river' - a name in Anishinaabemowin that describes our geographic location where the Winnipeg River converges with Lake Winnipeg. I am the youngest of three sisters, a daughter to two incredible parents, and a dog-mom to a pug named Eddy.
I like to think of myself as an 'all round' artist in that I have been a professional songwriter, singer and performer for many years, I love and am passionate about writing, love make-up and fashion, enjoy painting and love creating beadwork and regalia.
In addition to my artistry, I enjoy learning and see it as a life-long process. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Victoria pursuing a Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance and have recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Winnipeg. In addition to the knowledge I have acquired from within colonial institutions, I like to recognize the indigenous and grassroots knowledge I have acquired from within the structure of my family, within ceremony, and from Elders and people in my community who have contributed to my education and knowledge.
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