Nikita Larter
Nikita Larter

Nikita is an Inuvialuk from the Western Arctic. She moved to Ontario in 2013 and became the first Inuk to obtain a degree in Global Business and Digital Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is now situated in Tkaronto, where she can be found fostering community, reconnecting with her culture, and sharing her experiences as an Inuvialuk. She was kind enough to write a poem to go with these images which I have also shared in this set.
Nikita’s mittens are made from beaver fur. Ethical, sustainable hunting that involves careful use of the entire animal has been integral to the continued survival of Inuit communities long before recorded history.
There are some interesting commonalities in how Nikita and I are impacted by colonial violence, despite her having Indigenous connections to this land and me being an immigrant-settler. In a sense, we are both diasporic – adapting to our conditions of displacement, alienation and impoverishment that stem from the violence instrumental to maintaining borders.

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Nikita Larter
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Nikita Larter

Nikita is an Inuvialuk from the Western Arctic. She moved to Ontario in 2013 and became the first Inuk to obtain a degree in Global Business and Digital Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is now situated in Tkaronto, where she can be found fostering community, reconnecting with her culture, and sharing her experiences as an Inuvialuk. She was kind enough to write a poem to go with these images which I have also shared in this set.
Nikita’s mittens are made from beaver fur. Ethical, sustainable hunting that involves careful use of the entire animal has been integral to the continued survival of Inuit communities long before recorded history.
There are some interesting commonalities in how Nikita and I are impacted by colonial violence, despite her having Indigenous connections to this land and me being an immigrant-settler. In a sense, we are both diasporic – adapting to our conditions of displacement, alienation and impoverishment that stem from the violence instrumental to maintaining borders.

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