“When I was 18 years old I went on a two month backpacking trip through Europe that turned into 18 years. I discovered free education in Germany and ended up writing my masters on Native women’s writing as a tool of resistance in decolonisation. After a while I knew that I needed to come back to Turtle Island. I initially was just going to come back for a year but then I ended up in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and started working with the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network. One of the amazing things we did was the Journey for Justice in 2000. We rafted from Prince George to Vancouver over two weeks and we held focus groups on violence against women and children in communities along the Fraser River."