SHIRLEY BEAR was born on the Tobique First Nation. She is an original member of the Wabnaki language group of New Brunswick. Bear is a multimedia artist, writer, and traditional First Nation herbalist and elder. She was the 2002 recipient of the New Brunswick Arts Board’s Excellence in the Arts Award, and her writing has been included in several anthologies, including The Colour of Resistance: A Contemporary Collection of Writing by Aboriginal Women (Sister Vision, 1998). In 2006, McGilligan Books published her collection of art, poetry, and political writing, Virgin Bones/Belayak Kcikug’nas’ikn’ug. In 2011 she was named to the Order of Canada.