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Wildflowers: A Series on Urban Indigenous Women Creating in the City


Jaskwaan Bedard’s journey to master Haida has been lifelong. She moved to Vancouver to become a certified teacher.

This series showcases urban Indigenous women who are fighting on the front lines of their individual and communal struggles for self-determination. Writer Emilee Gilpin, herself an Indigenous woman working and living in unceded Coast Salish territories, follows participants for a day or two or three of their everyday lives. The stories shared highlight some of the invisible aspects of urban Indigeneity, womanhood and struggles for sovereignty, and explore themes of identity, reconciliation, food security, language revitalization and birth work.

(Please note that participants thus far identify as women, but that the series is open to two-spirit, trans*, gender non-conforming participants as well).

In This Series



‘True Expression of All of Us’ in Dance of Reconciliation

ACHoRd brought together Indigenous, non-Indigenous women in three-month process of discovery, understanding and shared experience.

By Emilee Gilpin, 6 Jul 2017



At ‘BigHeart Bannock,’ Resilience and Resistance in Food Made Well

With her new café, Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat empowers her community for generations to come.

By Emilee Gilpin, 11 Jul 2017



For This Haida Speaker, a Call to Learn and a Call to Teach

Jaskwaan Bedard’s journey to master Haida has been lifelong. Now, she advocates for grassroots protection and preservation.

By Emilee Gilpin, 28 Jul 2017



‘We Were Doulas Before There Were Doulas’

After an unforgettable experience with her daughter, Danette Jubinville advocates for Indigenous-specific birth care.

By Emilee Gilpin, 9 Aug 2017