Kwey! Salam! My name is Shady Hafez, I am an Algonquin Anishinabe Syrian member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. I call Ottawa, Ontario my home and am currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria.

Some quick facts about me: I am a super proud dad of a beautiful young Anishinabekwe, I am a traditional Powwow dancer and a traditional artist specializing in beadwork, quillwork and sewing. I hold a B.A in Law and Canadian Studies, with a specialization in Law, Government and Policy. I’ve dedicated a lot of my time working with Indigenous youth specifically within the Friendship Centre Movement, both locally and provincially.

I hope this blog acts as a fresh space of discussion on current issues of importance to the Indigenous community here on turtle island. You can expect to find posts related to politics, identity, colonization, culture and Indigenous lifestyles!

Enjoy 🙂


You can also find me at:

BuzzFeed (Contributor)

Ottawa Citizen: The Meaning of Reconciliation 

Muslim Link: Shady Hafez on Being Algonquin and Syrian

Aboriginal Arts & Stories: Change of the Season




4 thoughts on “About

  1. aanii/she:kon/marhaban – I wanted to reach out and say that my mother is from Grand River Six Nations (Mohawk/Delaware) and my father was Syrian-American. It is rare (not impossible) to meet someone else with a similar mixed heritage. I’ll be following your blog. miigwech/nia:wen/shukran! April E. Lindala


  2. Hello Shady,

    We’re contacting you to introduce WordPress app for mac which is called WeBlog. We’ve been making it since 1.3years ago and now it’s almost there. And we are looking for good bloggers who could give us their voice and feedback. So we could make it better and give it back to bloggers.

    If you use mac and interested in the WeBlog then please consider join the Beta Program. Here is the relevant post.

    Thank you for reading this.
    Happy blogging!

    – WeBlog


  3. Shady, we are a bunch of Muslim families coming to Algonquin on July 13-17th for camping. Will you be in the area to meet with us? We are meeting Lisa Eagles on Friday. We learned a lot about First Nations last summer from Lisa and Mike, and how to keep the conversation going. Please email me asap, would love your family to join us.


  4. Boozhoo/Aani/Salamu Alaikum,
    Just want to say it’s great to see that there can always be harmony for two traditional and cultural values. My husband and son are Ojibwe from Wabigoon Lake First Nation and myself I’m from Djibouti a small East African country. I know my son is certainly is not a common mix but both my husband and I are always actively trying to teach him the amazing cultures he comes from. Keep up the great work!


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