I am a a mixed-race Cree woman born and raised in Syilx and Splats'in territories in British Columbia, and connected through marriage and my children to Six Nations of the Grand River. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies at Brock University, I am an Indigenous feminist sociologist whose research focuses on violence against Indigenous women and girls, Indigenous women's political leadership, and Canadian state colonialism. I am also a survivor of sex trafficking and have examined this topic in relation to colonialism. In 2018, I testified as an experiential and expert witness at the National Inquiry. In addition to being an academic, I have been involved in the activism surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people for twenty years.