Adeline Bird

Board Member

Adeline Bird is a UNAPOLOGETIC Afro-Anishinabe creative, and proud member of Rolling River First Nation, Treaty #4 territory, and was born in Brandon, Manitoba, but raised majority of her life on Treaty #1 territory, Winnipeg. She is a multifaceted artist, activist, and entrepreneur who has made remarkable strides in her communities and beyond.

Bird spent her formative years in Winnipeg’s West End, one of the city’s most diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. It is known as one the largest Urban reserves. Adeline grew up in the housing block of 400 Langside Street. Here, she developed her keen sense of storytelling, social justice, creativity, and a passion for equity and Inclusion.

As a child, Adeline showed a natural talent for performing and writing. She spent hours in her room, mimicking radio hosts like Rick Dee from Rick Dee’s weekly top 40, watching films like Poetic Justice, and Smoke Signals, writing stories, and practising her performances for her school’s talent shows.
Bird’s passion for storytelling led her to become involved in Winnipeg’s Indigenous film industry, as well as a broadcast/podcast producer and radio host as a tool for social change. In 2016, she started her podcast Soul Unexpected exploring inspiring stories from marginalized voices doing incredible work from across Turtle Island. By exploring storytelling through podcasting, she later started a career in radio, hosting the Indigenous Music Countdown on NCI.FM and SiriusXM, and later went to produce and host for CBC National’s syndication radio.

Bird attended the University of Manitoba, where she earned a degree in Social Work. And in 2018 attended the CBC New Indigenous Voices program, where she made her directorial debut for her short film, Nappy Hair & an Eagle Feather, which is available on CBC Gem.
Throughout her life, Bird has worked tirelessly to promote social justice. She has worked as an advocate for marginalized communities, including Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, the LGBTQ2S+ community and Women. Her work has taken her all over Canada and beyond, including Paris, France and Los Angeles.
In addition to her creative and advocacy work, Bird is an accomplished artist and writer. She is a screenwriter and actress, with a particular focus on Afro-Indigenous storytelling. In 2016, she launched a book titled Be Unapologetically You: A Self-Love Guide for Women of Colour.

Bird’s contributions to the cultural and social landscape of Manitoba have not gone noticed. She has been recognized with several prestigious awards including Manitoba’s Inaugural Inspiring Women Award, conferred by St. Johns Manitoba, NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine. She was also honoured with a Manitoba Black Community Award, for outstanding achievement and significant contribution to the black community.

Today, Adeline Bird continues to be a force for positive change in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and beyond. She continues to write for television shows and sits on the board with Shine Network, through her work as an artist, activist and entrepreneur, she has made a lasting impact on her community and has inspired countless others to be uplifted by her blueprint.