Ajuawak Kapashesit is an actor, screenwriter, playwright, and director for stage and screen. His acting credits include the Indian Horse (2017), Once Upon a River (2019), and Indian Road Trip (2020) as well as Bad Blood Season 2 (CityTV/Netflix) and Outlander Season 4 (Starz/Sony). In 2018, he was chosen as an Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellow with the Sundance Film Institute and was a finalist for the Sundance Indigenous Filmmaker’s Fellowship. His short story, A Fresh Start, was selected for publication in the anthology, Before the Usual Time published by Latitude 46. In 2020 and 2021, he was a story editor and contributing writer for the second and third seasons of the sketch comedy show, Tallboyz, on CBC. He is an alumnus of the CBC Actor's Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre (2019) and a Vision Maker Media Shorts Fellow (2020). Currently, he is a 4th World Indigenous Media Fellow. Ajuawak is of Anishinaabe, Cree, and Jewish descent.
As first language Ojibwe speakers continue to age, language keepers in Minnesota race against time to develop new technology to teach and learn the language.