I would like to acknowledge that this was written, and continues to be written, in Mi’kma’ki, land of the Mi’kmaq people, and that this land was not surrendered and remains unceded. I would like to acknowledge that I am an uninvited guest on this land and I move forward with intent of reflecting on this position daily.


To my friend, colleague, and program advisor Carla Taunton, thank you for everything you have done, from your careful comments and edits, to your amazing positive energy; you are a constant inspiration to me. To my professors Jan Peacock, Barbara Lounder, Ericka Walker, Karin Cope, Alex Livingston, and Pat Rapati, thank you for your guidance and support. To Claire Dykhuis, thank you so much for your support, guidance and edits and opinions, you are a great friend.


To my partner, Jacob, you are the very best partner. To my mother, I couldn’t have asked for a better role model and friend. To Wayne, you have always been supportive of what I do, even if you don’t get it, and I appreciate that so much; you are a wonderful father figure.  To Caitlin and Lesley, thank you for always being there for me when I needed to cry or complain, I need you both more than you know. To my ancestors, I love you, and thank you.


Finally, to all the scholars, artists, critics, activists, Elders, and educators thank you for all the work you have done. I have learned so much from each and every one of you.