We need to turn our backs on violent relationships with the Canadian state. If we don’t, we’re headed towards a buffalo jump. Refusal is within our right as sovereign people; The state will not deliver our liberation, it’s ours to take.

Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw & Trinidadian bloodlines.  She is a celebrated educator, poet and emerging scholar, but is most heart-tied to contributing to community lead work that centers land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls.  

Tasha is currently working on her PhD in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award.  In her work as a doctoral student, she is weaving in her cultural identity, and commitment to community to produce a body of research that echoes Indigenous women’s demands for justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People, and is a continuation of the resistance against the assault of colonialism that she has inherited.