Tenille Campbell

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Tenille Campbell
OccupationAuthor, poet, photographer
NationalityEnglish River Nation
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia.
Notable worksIndianLovePoems

Tenille K. Campbell is a Dene and Métis poet and a photographer from English River First Nation.[1]


She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia;[2] where she studied with Richard Van Camp.[3] Her MFA dissertation was titled Nuniyé Tehlgh-th : land of the wolf, and was a "young adult novel tells the story of Kelly Estatheneh, a young Dene woman living at the English River First Nation reserve in Northern Saskatchewan."[4] As of November 2017, she is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan.[5] Her PhD research is focused on Indigenous Literature.[1][6]


Her artistic works often focus on Indigenous people in Canada. She is the owner of Sweetmoon Photography that specializes in capturing photographs of Indigenous people.[1] Her photography has appeared in Radio Canada International,.[7] University of Saskatchewan News,[8] and Eagle Feather News.[9] Additionally, a photograph from her series entitled Urban Indigenous Woman was selected as the cover image for the second edition of A Recognition of Being by Kim Anderson.[10] Her portrait photography portfolio includes work with Chelsea Rooney and Roseanne Supernault. She is also the co-creator of tea&bannock, a blog which was "born out of a desire for a sense of community with other Indigenous women photographers – a place that feels like you are sitting around a table, enjoying tea and bannock."[11][12]

Campbell was selected by Lisa Charleyboy, host of CBC's New Fire, as the first guest on the show to talk about #IndianLovePoems. Of the collection said: "I couldn't put it down. I truly saw myself reflected within those pages, and I also saw every Indigenous woman I know."[13] Jesse Thistle of UMFM's At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research echoed the sentiment saying: "there were some representations and images of incredibly strong Indigenous men...some of the healthiest, some of the loveliest...being an Indigenous man myself, I immediately latched on to those, and I was like 'oh I so want to be that type of person."[14]

In 2017, Campbell was named one of CBC Saskatchewan's "Future 40".[1]

Selected works[edit]


  • #IndianLovePoems (poetry, 2017).
  • #KissingIndigenous (photographic series, in progress)
  • Contributor to Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (ed. Allison Hedge Coke)
  • nedi nezu (Good Medicine) (poetry, 2021).



  1. ^ a b c d "Meet your final 2017 Future 40 and Bright Light winners". CBC News. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Campbell, Tenille. "about". Tenille Campbell // writings & ramblings. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "#IndianLovePoems: Tenille Campbell's dating life served as inspiration for poetry collection". CBC Radio. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Campbell, Tenille K (2012). Nuniyé Tehlgh-th: land of the wolf (Thesis).
  5. ^ "CBC Saskatchewan Future 40". University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Signature Editions | Books | #IndianLovePoems". www.signature-editions.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. ^ International, Radio Canada (August 20, 2015). "Aboriginal Music Festival a growing success in Winnipeg". RCI | English. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Committed to community". News. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "SheNative opens kiosk at Saskatoon mall". eaglefeathernews.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Creative CV". Tenille Campbell // writings & ramblings. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Fontaine, Tim. "Indigenous women photographers create online community to share images, stories". CBC News. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Shelling, John (April 19, 2016). "Tea and Bannock are good for the artistic soul". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Charleyboy, Lisa. "Tenille Campbell's Indigenous, intimate #IndianLovePoems". CBC Radio. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  14. ^ Thistle, Jesse. "At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research". UMFM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.