Indigenous Brilliance: Future Ancestors

Join us for a night at Massy Books for a special edition of Indigenous Brilliance celebrating the brilliance coming from our youth. This is our opportunity to spotlight our future ancestors, to hold up our youth where they deserve to be held, and to catch a glimpse of the brilliance that exists in the next generation. Hosted by Jessica Johns and Emily Dundas Oke.

Event Type: Reading
Massy Books
Date: Monday, March 11, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can / Free
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Boozhoo, Niigaani Binesi Nndiiznikaaz. Bishiw Dodem. Wabaseemoong Bogeen. Niizhniishiwtana. My name is Niigaani Binesi and I’m a anishinaabekwe from Wabaseemoong Independent First Nations. I’m two-spirit & queer. My pronouns are they or she. I’m currently 23 years old and a full-time student at NEC. My interests include Ojibway language, spam, Twilight, and sewing up a storm.

Eliza Massy-Gashi is Cree, English and Albanian. She lives and goes to school on Sto:lo Territory in Chilliwack, BC. Her best friends are Denisa and Elisa, and she knows what you’re thinking – they all sound similar! She doesn’t like the dark, spiders, death, and has a little bit of trypophobia (fear of small holes). She loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, and a Series of Unfortunate Events. Her favorite food is sushi. She kinda likes school, would rather hang with friends, but not everyone has access to that, so she is grateful. She thanks you listening today.

Descending from mixed ancestries, Sussan Yáñez remains in a vibrant state of surrender into the present, receiving each experience as an opportunity to devote remotely to the realization that we are all inherently sacred. Situating herself as a resilient single mother that is a survivor of domestic violence, colonization and intergenerational trauma, carrying blood from the oppressors and the oppressed, her life purpose is to broaden the perspectives, shed that which is no longer beneficial and reclaim the interrelated self-sovereignty that we all carry. Sussan is a cultural facilitator, a multidisciplinary artist and poet, including dancing, storytelling and singing in her latest performances. She currently studies a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in the Quest University on the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories. Her family decided to move to the province of Quebec in 2003 and as an occupant of the territories of the Iroquois and Mohawk nations in Montreal, she also became a Canadian citizen. She was born in Viña del Mar, in Chile, and is now learning to become an ally of the indigenous nations of the world, including her own ancestry erased from the official records.

Estíqw is a 2 spirit anti-professional, working as a musician, slam poet and visual artist with a focus on decolonization and indigenous autonomy. they are a defender of the sacred and use their craft as a tool to decolonization and land sovereignty. they and their fire are from the secwepemc nation of the south central interior.


Jessica Johns is nehiyaw and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She is currently living on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging artist and curator. A 2018 graduate of Philosophy and Visual Art (BA) from Thompson Rivers University, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is currently an artist in residence at Nida Art Colony (Lithuania). She is a grateful Cree, Métis, Scottish, and English visitor on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.