Hazel is a self-directed, Metis woman of mixed Anishinaabe, Finnish, Irish, and English heritage. Hazel was born and raised on the unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is grateful to have been mentored by mountains, ferns, eagles, bears, cedars, and slugs. She has a BFA in Film Studies from Ryerson Polytechnic University and has maintained a multi-disciplinary arts practice for over twenty years, including filmmaking, painting, textiles, installations, public interventions, creative facilitation, and stencil making. She currently works with an organization called, IndigenEYEZ, where she uses land based learning and the creative arts to empower indigenous youth and adults throughout British Columbia.