Natasha Donovan is an award-winning illustrator originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Natasha now lives on a tiny farm along with several wonderful creatures — both of the human and the nonhuman variety — in Deming, Washington.
Zoe Todd (Métis) is an expert in Indigenous perspectives on freshwater fish conservation in western Canada (specifically, Alberta). Their fish philosophy work brings together Indigenous science, art, social studies, stories and legal thinking about fish as more-than-human kin. Their current projects examine how Indigenous governance shapes and refracts western fish conservation paradigms. They are the co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures, which is an international collective of scientists, artists, writers, landscape architects, architects, environmentalists, journalists and community leaders dedicated to honouring reciprocal responsibilities to freshwater fish in watersheds locally and globally.
Dr. Kisha Supernant is Métis/Papaschase/British and the Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology at the University of Alberta. An award-winning teacher, researcher and writer, she is interested in Indigenous archaeology, heart-centered archaeological practice and the uses of technology to explore the past. She is the Director of the Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology (EMITA) project, a collaborative research project which takes a relational approach to exploring the material past of Métis communities in western Canada. Recently, she has been helping Indigenous communities relocate the resting places of their relatives who never came home from Indian residential schools.
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis and nêhiyaw writer. Her fiction book, Just Pretending, won 4 Saskatchewan Book Awards, including 2014 Book of the Year, and was the 2019 One Book, One Province selection. Her debut poetry collection, The Red Files, is inspired by family and archival sources, reflects on the legacy of the residential school system and the fragmentation of families and histories. She is the chair of the Saskatchewan Ânskohk Writers Circle Inc. (SAWCI), the group that hosts the Ânskohk Indigenous Literature Festival, and the CEO of the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research Inc. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Conor Kerr is a writer/harvester and educator in amiskwaciwaskahikan. He is Metis, descended from the Lac Ste. Anne, Fort des Prairies, and Papaschase Cree Nation communities and Ukrainian by way of Odessa. He works at NorQuest College in the Indigenous Student Centre and is a sessional lecturer in the pimâcihisowin program at MacEwan University. His first book, An Explosion of Feathers is coming out in 2021 from Bookland Press.