Mahlikah is Kiswahili for Angel and Awe:ri is Mohawk for Heart. Mahlikah Awe:ri is an oralist, of African/Mohawk/Mik’maw heritage, with Nova Scotian roots; she is based in Toronto. She debuted as a Spoken-Word Artist as a member of The Young Poets of the Revolution. She provides Cultural Arts programming with the RCM’s Living Through the Arts and Youth Engagement Program. Mahlikah is a founding member of Red Slam; a diverse collective of Indigenous writers, musicians, and performers. Red Slam completed OAC supported DissemiNation tour this October and are now gearing up for the release of their first single, “Bring It Back”. Mahlikah is currently the Artistic Coordinator for Red Slam’s first TAC Community Arts Access Project: S.L.A.M. I AM running twice a week for indigenous and diverse kids ages 6-15 years at Eastview Jr. P.S. in partnership with Native Child and Family Services House of Ghesig after four programs. Mahlikah was recently named to the 2010-2011 OAC Roster of Aboriginal Artists in the Schools and was selected as an emerging writer participant in the Diaspora Dialogues 2010 Mentorship Program. She is also a member of Arts Educators Roster Ontario and the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts. March 2011 AngelHeartRiverwalker Project releases EP entitled “Serpent’s Skin” featuring Awe:ri on Vocals.