Vanda Fleury is a Métis woman from the prairies of western Manitoba and her ancestral homelands extend from Red River throughout the Assiniboine valley. Her roots are in Uno, a section on the railway, where miles of family relationships and a rural upbringing cultivated a pull towards local stories embedded in land and memory. She grounds her cultural identity by walking within these spaces.

The stories of her ancestors and her three children are a motivating force in her creative projects.

Vanda’s storywork approach blends Indigenous experiences and community narratives with object and record literacy. She is a mixed media artist and her work in film and photovoice is through a lens of empowerment. Her photographs of Birtle Residential School appeared in Locale: Bringing Heritage to Life, the magazine of the National Trust for Canada.

Vanda is Executive Director of Mamawi Apikatetan, a non-profit organization centred on braiding oral histories with video production and cultural heritage. She joined the team in 2014 where she is a Director, Writer/Researcher, and Archival Producer.

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