If you want to experience high school in 2020, Grand Army is the show for you.

Grand Army follows the lives of a few main characters with various storylines very applicable to the reality of contemporary teenage lives. Issues of sexual assault, struggling to fit in, racial discrimination, declining friendships, and coming to terms with one’s sexuality are all on the table. The show seems to employ all the typical teenage tropes but does such a great job to enthrall audiences into the characters' lives that it is entirely intriguing. …


Personal Essay

I did not understand the importance of race representation until I felt the impact of growing up without it.

My brother and I have a significant age gap, so when I was in elementary school, I would be watching teen dramas like The OC (2003). Being easily influenced at that age, I thought that because I liked Marissa Copper, I should be exactly like her — sought after, particularly by boys. I am not too sure why I was so drawn to Marissa. Something about the way her character was depicted was alluring and even as a seven-year-old…


Métis writer and film maker Justin Ducharme’s short film Positions (2018), makes a powerful amount of statements in a short period of time.

About Justin Ducharme

Justin Ducharme is a community member of St. Ambroise, Manitoba. He has been featured in Sex Worker Wisdom and PSISM International. He is also the co-editor of Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry.

In his interview “Water into Fire”, Ducharme writes,

“There’s a feeling of acceptance that I’ve been searching for in my work as a filmmaker and writer, one that’s driven me to create stories deeply rooted in narratives that I hope provide me…


Background

There is a lot of strength that comes with the ability to be vulnerable.

Almost as if letting readers into a personal diary, Helen Knott’s memoir “In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience” gives readers a look into her individual experiences with addiction, trauma, and her body. Her experiences with her identity as an Indigenous Woman are also prevalent in her writing.

Knott is of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and Euro descent from Prophet River First Nations.

Writing to Create Space

In the Introduction of her memoir, Knott specifies that the purpose of her writing is not to educate people on the impact of…


Biography

Arielle Twist is from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, Trans Femme writer, and sex educator. Twist is a multi-disciplinary artist that has won the Indigenous Voices Award for English Poetry as well as has been named a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBTQ+ writers, both in 2020. “Disintegrate and Dissociate”, published in 2019, is her first book and it consists of a collection of poems that speak of Twist’s experiences with identity, sex, femininity, kinship, and tradition.

Twist approaches trauma and healing in a very…

RachelGopal

Appreciator of all forms of art/expression. Writer. Passionate about equity in education. Self-care enthusiast. Quite the fan of sloths. Twitter: @rachelxwrites

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