Autumn Godwin is nehithaw iskwew from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation on Treaty 6 territory, Northern Saskatchewan. She actively facilitates decolonization by sharing information and creating community spaces for urban Indigenous peoples.
Currently pursuring her master’s degree in Concordia’s Individualized Program, Godwin researches Indigenous cultural resurgence, with a focus on reclaiming language, ceremony and educational band-based practices.
Godwin works for several community organizations that support Montreal’s Indigenous community and is a research assistant with the self-managed collective TREEs (Transformative, Economy, Ecosystem and Social Justice). Her community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal since 2016, vice-president of Concordia’s First Peoples Studies Member Association, student mentor for Start Up Nations, assistant coordinator for First Voices Week, president of Lara Kramer Dance and advisor for the English Montreal School Board.
Godwin also co-founded the Buckskin Babes Urban Moosehide Collective, which helps Indigenous people of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) reconnect to the land, land-based practices and the traditional knowledge teachings that would otherwise have been passed on by community Elders. The project helps share valuable knowledge and has facilitated community and individual healing.