Katie Kozak is a queer artist of Métis and Ukrainian settler descent. She grew up in Denare Beach, Saskatchewan, and her ancestral roots are in the Métis communities of St. François Xavier, and Boggy Creek, Manitoba. Her visual art practice is centered around connectivity to land, relationship, ritual and traces. She begins her process by spending contemplative time in nature, with other living beings. Being with the forest and near water reminds her of her father. She has become aware that her values for making and being are deeply tied to him, to processing his loss and reforming connections to family and identity.