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40 Women to Watch 2019: Chelsea Vowel is working tirelessly to preserve indigenous languages in Canada


Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel is part of The Tempest’s 40 Women to Watch 2019, which spotlights extraordinary women and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice.

Chelsea Vowel, who often writes as âpihtawikosisân, meaning “half-son” in Cree and pronounced ah-pih-du-wi-GO-si-sahn), is a Métis writer, educator, and lawyer. She lives in the Métis Nation of Alberta, which is situated in Canada. 

Chelsea began writing her blog initially as a way of expressing her Cree identity. Her focus on the intersection of language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence garnered her recognition. 

Chelsea also authored the book Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations Métis, Inuit Issues in Canada. Nominated for the Concordia University First Book Prize, Indigienous Writes creates a dialogue to examine the social beliefs associated with relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Chelsea produces a compelling read by infusing complex subject matters with real-life examples and humorous commentary. 

Chelsea also co-hosts a highly recommended sci-fi feminist podcast titled, Metis in Space. where she deconstructs indigenous tropes in popular film and television episodes.