Kwey! Salam! My name is Shady Hafez, I am an Algonquin Anishinabe Syrian and a 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 🙂 Megwetch and Shukran for reading!