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Call for Participants: Waawiyaataanong Forever

Waawiyaataanong Forever is a photography and postcard project focusing on the representation of Indigenous women and two-spirit folks and their families in Windsor-Essex. The project will culminate in an exhibition of the photographs and a celebration at Art Windsor-Essex (AWE).

We are looking for community members to present themselves alongside street signs (Munsee St, Tecumseh St, Iroquois Street…) in Windsor that bear their nation’s name.

Submissions accepted:  May 23, 2023-June 30, 2023

This photography project, in partnership with AWE, was developed by a committee of Indigenous community members. This is an Indigenous-led project. Let’s have your portrait taken by an Indigenous/woman/two-spirit-led production team!

This project is open to First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and two-spirit community members. In regalia or street fashion, we want you to represent how you want to be seen. Each participant will receive a $200 honorarium for their participation. We will ask you to share who you are, where you are from and why representation matters to you.

Spaces are limited; we will schedule folks to illustrate as many site locations as possible. Photoshoots will take place in Windsor between June and October 2023.


For more information, please contact the Project Organizer, Shane Lyon, at


The Fund for Gender Equality is supported by a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.

Le Fonds pour l’égalité des genres est soutenu par une collaboration entre Fondations communautaires du Canada et le Fonds Égalité, avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.

Participation Guidelines

Project Organizer

Shane Lyon (any pronouns respectively) is a 2-Spirit Mi’kmaw/Irish bead artist. Born and raised in Toronto and currently living in Windsor. Shane is passionate about his work in community. Shane sits on community committees for events such as Orange Shirt Day and the Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Shane is also the Pride Coordinator at 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations where he coordinates their annual 2-Spirit powwow and Toronto Pride events.