By Lindsey Mae Willie and Julia-McIntyre-Smith

What do you do when you feel out of place? Tuning into the familiar sounds of place, four women share what works for them. Voices includes: Jacqueline Mathieu, Frances Guthrie, Julia McIntyre-Smith, and Lindsey Mae Willie.

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Biographies

Lindsey Mae Willie is a member of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw People, living and working in the remote village of Kingcome Inlet, BC. Her filmmaking explores stories of cultural resurgence, revitalization and her peoples’ resistance to the impacts of colonization.

Lindsey’s practice as a documentary filmmaker and storyteller has evolved from thirteen years of professional work as both camera operator and editor. She has worked with CTV, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), City TV, and OMNI Television. In 2012, Lindsey was awarded the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Emerging Director Award and directed her first film, Potlatch Keepers (2014), which currently airs on APTN. Currently, she and her arts collective “Kingcome Collective” counterpart Jennifer Schine are working on a film in response to being awarded the Canada Council for the Arts {Re}consiliation grant. “Awakwas: A Gathering Place” is a documentation of six women who built a split cedar trapper cabin on an old village site that was wrongfully claimed by BC as “crown” land. 

As an artist, activist, and researcher, Willie works in her home community of Kingcome as a contractor to enhance the capacity of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to assert authority over its territory and regain self-governance. Willie seeks out her culture by listening to her elders, through hunting, fishing, trapping, constructing traditional shelters, and harvesting plants.

Julia McIntyre-Smith
G̱ilakas’la. Nugwa’a̱m Ikt’sa̱mgilagame’. Nugwa’a̱m Musgamagw Dzawada̱’enux̱w. 
Hello. My name is Julia. My traditional name is Abalone Shell Woman. I am Musgamagw Dzawada̱’enux̱w. 

I was born in Whitehorse, grew up in Yellowknife, and now live in Squamish. My culture wasn’t part of my life as a child, but I was always proud to be indigenous. I have found even more pride in my heritage since starting to connect with the culture, the people, and the land. The connection my ancestors had with the natural world is something I strive for, and is what drives me to continue exploring my traditional territory. I am a beader, trapper, outdoor guide and a thrift store enthusiast! 

Primeval Forest by Jaroslav Kuba via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)