Vanda Fleury is a Métis film and photovoice artist in Winnipeg, Manitoba and it is through art and writing that she locates her voice and expresses her individuality. She weaves storywork with memories, land-based narratives, and documentary heritage. Vanda’s children and the stories of her ancestors are enduring sources of creative motivation.
Vanda is a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation and a descendant of the Red River Métis. Her family names also include Vermette, Hayden and Lagimodiére, and their ancestral homelands extend throughout the Birdtail valley, across the northern prairie. She grounds her identity by walking within these spaces.
Growing up on the west-central prairies cultivated Vanda’s connection to land-based narratives, resulting in numerous road trips and snapshots in time. Her photographs of Birtle Residential School appeared in Locale: Bringing Heritage to Life, the magazine of the National Trust for Canada.
Vanda's commitment to community is reflected through the lens of resiliency. She empowers Indigenous people through her work in object and record literacy and leads the non-profit organization, Mamawi Apikatetan. Oral histories also inspired her career in video production, and she works in corporate film at StrongFront.tv as a Director, Writer / Researcher and Archival Producer from 2014 – 2023.