Ostoro Petahtegoose

New Voices Program Coordinator

Ostoro Petahtegoose is a biracial Nishinaabe of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with European descent, born and raised as a guest in the traditional territories of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Anishinaabe; the Odawa; and the Potawatomie, and of the Huron/Wendat people, also known as one of it’s many place names in one language, Waawiiye’adinong (the place where the river bends – Windsor, Ontario.)

Ostoro is a 2spirit, queer, trans, nonbinary writer, Goldsmith, artist and writer who goes by “they/them” pronouns. Ostoro is attending the University of Windsor to finish their English and Creative Writing and Visual Arts BA and was the BIPOC Artist in Residence at Artcite in August of 2020. In June 2021 Ostoro has been given a grant through the Arts Culture and Heritage Fund to work on a research project on the Indigenous history of Windsor/Essex county to use in an anthology of short ghost stories. In Ostoro’s personal and professional life they continue to reach for meaningful ways to connect back to their Indigenous community through the work of building relations while learning their cultural language Nishnaabemwin, all while being obsessed with themes of hauntings, ghosts and land.

Photo credit: Shayenna Nolan

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