Born and currently living on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation ‘Odawa’ (colonially referred to as Ottawa) Ashley was raised in several territories across Turtle Island, and is herself a mix of colonizer (English, French, Irish, German, Austrian), Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation and Mi’kmaq.
Though raised apart from her indigenous roots she is reclaiming them piece by piece, learning when to step up and when to step aside for others’ voices to lead the way.
As a human rights advocate Ashley strives for 2-Spirit representation; gender and sexuality rights; and, towards ending the usage of children in armed conflict.
Her education includes a BA in Human Rights & Social Justice from Carleton University (June 2017); certification in safeTALK, ASIST training; and +3 years of design education at NSCAD University.
*Ashley is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Human Systems from Concordia University.
As a professional artist her work has shown at the Carleton University Art Gallery in ‘To Be Continued: Troubling The Queer Archive‘, Curated by Cara Tierney and Anna Shah Hoque; ‘Queer Landscapes Queer Intersections‘ in the John B Aird Gallery, TO; the online publication ‘These Pills Don’t Come In Our Colour’; to name a few.
*Ashley Grenstone briefly lived in the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tiohtià:ke (colonially referred to as Montréal) from August-December 2020 and attempted to take her Masters in Human Systems Intervention but has had to defer these plans as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.