A photo of jaqs gallos aquines and a small white dog named Bowie
jaqs gallos aquines and Bowie | Photo: Linda Kee

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Anti-racism is a revolution that cannot be ignored

Cherie McMaster

A Calgary-based documentary filmmaker, photographer, composer, activist, and community collaborator, jaqs gallos aquines’ work focuses on anti-racism.

Their first anthology Home is in the Body: 2SLGBTQIA+ Filipinx Femme, North of the 49th Parallel is published by Anak Publishing out of Winnipeg. This book features portraits and interviews with over 40 radical, brilliant FilipinX femme, mostly from Canada, some from the States, who identify as trans Pinay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, gender non-conforming, and some as allies of 2SLGBTQIA+.

“I’m a person who is absolutely dedicated to anti-racism and equity,” she says. “My trajectory of work, personal life, has been shifted by the work that I did with AROC—the Anti-Racism Organizational Change Project—through CommunityWise Resource Centre, lead by the equity coordinator Thulasy Lettner.”

Tune into this week’s Storytelling Podcast to hear about their journey, how the Cultural Instigators came to be, and the constant anti-racism work being done in Moh’kinsstis.


About The Storytelling Podcast

Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts.

Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about Calgarians who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives.

Have a story to share? Email us at submissions@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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