Ahead of Canzine West, we will be doing short profiles of some vendors and presenters we’d like you to know about. If you like what you see, please come support their work at Canzine West on Saturday November 2!
The beautiful Kimiwan Zine is a quarterly publication that showcases art and writing from emerging/established Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit creators. The zine is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is on the cusp of celebrating its first birthday, which the publishers are celebrating with an art show on December 15 titled “Regeneration.” (Their call for submissions is here.)
As you can see from the image above, the artwork they feature is stunning and already showcases a diverse array of Aboriginal artworks and styles. After an open call on social media, the zine received submissions not only from across Canada, but places as far-flung as New Zealand.
We spoke with two of Kimiwan’s publishers, Joi Arcand and Mika Lafound (they are cousins and are both of Cree descent) for our feature on Aboriginal artists in Issue 59. (You can read that story here.) Suffice it to say, this project is truly, wonderfully DIY – the magazine’s creators saw a gap in the publishing landscape and have filled it with originality and enthusiasm. Come and chat with Kimiwan staffers this Saturday and learn more about the amazing and inspiring work they do!