Corinne Riedel-Pinnock (Métis) is of nêhiyaw and German descent and lives in Edmonton with her sweetheart Samora. Her nêhiyaw/Scottish-English ancestors from Red River, Manitoba are who she reaches back to so that she remembers who she comes from. Her parents are Stanley and Glenda Riedel (nee Blight) and her late grandparents are Author and Ada Riedel (nee Weiss) and Frank and Geraldine Blight (nee Sabiston). She is an auntie, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a partner and a human continually growing into becoming a better relative.
Corinne comes alive in her creative writing and in her work as an Advisor/Recruiter for Indigenous Language Teacher Development Projects (ILTDP) and as Project Assistant for Supporting Indigenous Languages Revitalization (SILR) at the University of Alberta. She knows a lot of Spanish and considers it her second language, nêhiyawewin will become her third. She is passionate about advocating for women, Indigenous women, girls and boys and for all Indigenous and BIPOC students. She has sat in on multiple committees that support and celebrate these amazing folx and is passionate about teaching and supporting students in their journeys to (re)membering themselves back into spirit.
When she isn’t chasing the sun, she’s making jewelry–or some other craft–she’s listening to music and singing; when she combines all three, she’s most in spirit.