Indigenous Feminist + Two-Spirit Woman Entrepreneur
Founder + Creative Director of Bloom + Brilliance
Taanishi, bonjour, hello!
My name is Janelle Desrosiers, and I’m a Michif (Red River Métis) and French-Canadian, two-spirit woman from Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Treaty 1 is the homeland of the Métis Nation, and the traditional territories and stolen lands of many Indigenous nations including the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), Anishininiwak (Oji-Cree), Dakota Oyate (Dakota), Denesuline (Dene), and Nehethowuk/Ininewak (Cree).
I began my long journey of reconnecting to my Michif roots over 20 years ago. My Michif family names are Vermette, Tougas, and Richard, amd my Franco-Manitoban family names are Dugas, Desrosiers, and Manaigre. My relations come from southeastern Manitoba (Richer, Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Anne), and the Crow and Snare tribes of what was oned called the Northwest Territories.
As an Indigenous feminist and two-spirit woman, there are many reasons why I love working with other Indigenous and intersectional feminist entrepreneurs. The primary reason is that we know our gifts are meant to be cultivated so that the fruits of our labour can be shared.
We work hard at cultivating our gifts, but not just for ourselves.
We ask “how can I cultivate my gifts to make the world a better place?”
We seek ways that our cultivated gifts can bring joy, or wellness, or safety, or stability, or opportunity to others. We honour our gifts by investing in ourselves, our families, our communities, and ultimately in our world. Self-actualization in the service of the collective.
Getting to gather with a group of women, and seeing how many incredible things are happening in this world because of their cultivation and actualization is breathtaking.
I’m so grateful to witness this magic, and so honoured to be able to use my own gifts to serve others.