Aaniin! Ozhawa Anaung Kwe N’Dishnakaaz. Maegun N’Doodem. Baawaating N’Doonjibaa. Greetings! My name is Yellow Star Woman. I sit with the Wolf clan and I am from Batchewana First Nation. I grew up on Rankin Reserve, around and within Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and I currently live in Toronto, Ontario. I am an Anishnabe person and try and live my life in a ‘good way’, or to the best of my abilities.
I worked as a student intern, for one year at Debajumjig Theatre Group for Indigenous Storytelling and Theatre in Manitoulin Island. Before that I was a shit show. Just Kidding. I was also a shit show whilst at Deabaj. I was a shit show that would sometimes do shit shows for money, because as an actor living in North Western Ontario you would take what you can get. No matter how culturally inappropriate it was.
Oh Canada. You home, my Native land. Oh, Sault Ste. Marie. Home of the friendliest City of the Algoma District. It is also the only city of the Algoma Distrcit. It won that title by default. No one voted on it or anything. There is still plenty of homophobia, racism, and xenophobia that occurs in my smallish city of Sault Ste. Marie. As a light brown person, and a flamboyantly, flaming, unicornish, colourful, proud, loud, feminine, brace faced, glasses wearing, dark haired, rat tailed/mushroom cut/spiked/Mullet wearing/permed hair, it was hard to be “NORMAL”. And not everyone was friendly.
I live and work in Toronto as a Queer-Indigenous advocate and artist. I travel to multiple schools, colleges, universities, organizations and communities to bring awareness about sexuality and gender diversity. As a 2-Spirit person, it is important for me to share my story of learning to understand and to accept myself; both as a First Nation person but also as a queer gender fluid being.
I am able to share space with others and have conversations about gender, sexuality/attraction, healing and acceptance. By listening to one another and discovering what the gaps exist in our communities, when it comes to meeting the needs of our 2 Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Trans, Asexual/Aromantic, Pansexual loved ones, family members and fellow community members.
I was taught at a young age, that it is was important to give back to the people who give to you. To understand the importance of organizing with like minded people and working toward change that only others speak about.
Thank you so much for checking out my page. I am going to keep on building this website and keep working on myself, so that my community can also be strong, vibrant and sassy.
Chi Miigwetch Neechie/Thank You Friend!
Teddy Syrette/Ozhawa Anaung Kwe