Visual Art and Graphic Narratives
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I am a painter, illustrator and graphic designer. I make and sell First Nations art, decor and jewellery through my ETSY shop at www.DemarcationLines.etsy.com.
I love teaching and have been working in museum education, high schools, running private workshops and giving professional feedback on manuscripts for over nine years.
Writing is my passion. I am currently working on my second novel, collection of short stories and an adult picture book. If you have time check out Patreon and help fund my writing life.
Thoughts on life and writing
Hey! It’s me! I am blogging again. Hopefully. So this summer has been pretty OK. I went on a trip to Montreal, my first visit to the city and the province of Quebec. I was there for some training for my trip up north to a Cree community as an artist in residence for January […]
So this year has been terrible for me reading wise. I am no where close to my #95books challenge, like I’m talking I’m only at 20 (!!!!). There are only a few months left in the year and I will endeavour to read hopefully ten more but still, that will make this the worst reading […]
So the wonderful Erika Thorkelson interviewed me for Vancouver Co-op radio for her show The Storytelling show. We talked about my writing life, my relationship with my granny, why I write about Indigenous issues, my Etsy shop and music I love. It was super fun! It was my first time on the radio and I […]
Water is Love, Medicine, Spirit, Balance A poem written by Francine Cunningham with Cree translations by Myrtle Calahasian. I wrote this poem to celebrate water or nipiy. I asked my grandmother, Myrtle Calahasian, to help me with the translations and to read the voice of the wind. I love my grandmother’s voice and to hear […]
I have a creative non-fiction piece in this amazing anthology from Caitlin Press. It’s called Learning to not laugh it away and talks about my experiences growing up with big breasts. It was such a liberating and fun experience writing about moments that I have had around my breasts. The title is actually what I […]
People are saying...
“Francine has shown a great commitment to the training and development of young Aboriginal students. Francine has a real compassion for students and tries her best to encourage them to follow their dreams and to pursue their education. Her cross-cultural skills, sensitivity and intuitiveness create a high level of trust amongst those she encounters which are valuable skills in creative writing and creative teaching environments, and are exceptionally important when dealing with sensitive social or political issues.” (Pam Brown, Curator Pacific Northwest Coast and Native Youth Program director at UBC Museum of Anthropology)- Creative Teaching
“It’s a pleasure to watch Francine interact with high school students. She is able to motivate students, even when from the outside it looks like there is no interest.” (Jill Baird, UBC Museum of Anthropology Education and Public Programs)- Creative Teaching
“Excellent flow to the narrative, true literature (would like to read the novel!), strong emotional punch, unique (and important) subject matter.” (Jury comment, 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Writing Challenge.)- 2822 a novel
“It’s not often that I’m surprised by historical writing. But I wasn’t familiar at all with the forced sterilization that took place in Alberta and BC in particular. Kudos for Francine for shining a light on this horrific practice.” (Jury comment, 2014 Our Story: Aboriginal Arts and Writing.)- 2822 a novel