Michelle Sylliboy, a L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She gathers much of her inspiration from personal tales, the environment, and her L’nuk culture. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L’nuk Komqwejwi’kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L’nuk Elders.
Michelle Sylliboy blends her modern poetry, photography, and Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Foreword written by award winning Indigenous author, Chrystos. Kiskajeyi– I AM READY publication release is timed to coincide with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages, and the launch of Michelle Sylliboy’s Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic art exhibit in Nova Scotia.
The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.