Leanne Simpson [PhD 1999]

Leanne Simpson

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe, Alderville First Nation
Award winning writer, activist, academic & artist

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the ability of the Indigenous community to radically love our lands, our peoples and each other in the face of on-going occupation.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
Ground yourself in your culture, language, spirituality and land as much as you can. Build a community of like-minded and supportive people around you. Let your inner fire melt away fear and anxiety. Listen to yourself, and protect the part of you that creates.

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