My name is Shelby Gagnon, I am an Anishinaabe artist from Aroland First Nation, Treaty 9 territory but have been living in Thunder Bay most of my life. I’m a graduate of Lakehead University in the Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program where I explored the reclamation of identity and traditions of being an Indigenous woman in Canada. Through involvement with community-engaged arts organizations and projects, I use multi-disciplinary mediums to express and share holistic feelings.
Currently, I am working part-time with CRE as a community animator and Thunder Bay District health unit and Lakehead University working to build food sovereignty in northwestern Ontario, I also teach and facilitate art workshops in and around Thunder Bay. I thrive on expanding my knowledge on traditional ways of living and being through methods of art, food systems and healing practices for the community. I am very excited to work with other young leaders and grow with the CRE team to build healthier relationships with people and the land.