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Yolanda Bonnell

Yolanda Bonnell identifies as a Queer 2-Spirit Ojibwe/South Asian performer, playwright and poet from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty Territory). She is now based in Tkarón:to (Toronto).



Winnipeg: Scirocco Drama, 2020.
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Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

The Girl traces her life from surviving the foster care system to her struggles with addictions. She fights, hoping to break the cycle in order to give her daughter a different life than the one she had. The Mother sits in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, recounting memories of the daughter that was taken from her, and the struggles of living on the streets in Northern Ontario. They are both followed by Manidoons, a physical manifestation of the trauma and addictions that crawl across generations.

bug is a solo performance and artistic ceremony that highlights the ongoing effects of colonialism and intergenerational trauma experienced by Indigenous women, as well as a testimony to the women’s resilience and strength.

Awards and Honours

2020 Governor General’s Literary Award-Drama, English language (Finalist)


Yolanda Bonnell personal website

Publisher J. Gordon Shillingford, publisher of the Scirocco Drama imprint