About Okanagan Xixutem

Nikki Marchand is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band where she was also born and raised. Nikki is currently completing the Bachelor of Arts program with a Creative Writing Major. She chooses to write serial prose/poems. Nikki grapples with the dichotomy of tradition and contemporary world views/ways of living. Exposing and searching issues such as loss of identity, and the journey of trying to place ourselves in a world of stereotypes, and beginning a healing path through writing. She is learning her Indigenous language, Nsyilxcen, which adds to the layers of decolonization. Nikki’s writing style does not use chronological order and uses a non traditional format (mixture of stanzas, prose, concrete and abstract words/images) to tell her stories as It helps Nikki to move out of a colonial/traditional format of writing. She is interested in appropriating the English language to tell her story of being a mixed race woman who identifies as Syilx person in a modern world.

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