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Melanie Lefebvre is a mother, writer, artist, community worker and graduate student living in Montreal. Her grandmother’s family came from Fisher Branch, Manitoba in the early 20th century, and as a proud descendent of the St. Laurent, Desjardins, Guiboche, Delorme, Roque, and Lambert families (to name a few!), Lefebvre honors her Métis, Cree, Assiniboine and Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) ancestors through her work. Her grandmothers are a particular source of inspiration, whose essential roles in community and beyond often went unrecognized in recorded history: Two-Spirited folks, mothers, wives, healers, translators, artists, homemakers, explorers… they were the unsinkable bridges between communities. Lefebvre continues their work by teaching miyo pimâtisiwin to her daughter, Anne Beatrice Tobin, and by serving her community. Working closely with the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, Lefebvre advocates for the safety of Indigenous people as well as Indigenous representation, education and employment. As a multidisciplinary artist, Lefebvre’s explorations include fibers, painting, drawing, video, sound, and sculpture to explore ideas surrounding wahkohtowin (kinship), identity, gender roles, colonialism, and time. Exhibition venues include Montreal’s MainLine Gallery, Galerie Mile End, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Gallery V, Corona Theatre, and Campbell Gallery. Lefebvre has been a freelance writer and communications consultant for 20 years with work featured in The Walrus, Maclean’s, Muskrat Magazine, and Canadaland, and fiction and poetry published by Vehicule Press, Contemporary Verse 2, and Prairie Fire. She has also created content for the Cree School Board as well as the Cree Nation Department of Justice and Correctional Services.

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