Historically, Indigenous people of Turtle Island and around the world practiced tattooing – it was thought of as a remedy to issues such as pain, chronic illness, infertility and as such was (and is) an important part of our health and spirituality. Likewise, tattooing marked special events such as gatherings, marriages, lineage and accomplishments. The resurgence of tattoos has special meaning for Indigenous people in our time – the importance of reclaiming our cultures and identities and even owning our bodies erupts from a history of injustice and marginalization.

Would you like to mark this event? Celebrate your heritage and own your body? Andrea has come to the Indigenous Women’s Arts Conference to help you do just that.

This workshop will be in high demand. Please respect the other women that will want to participate. Don’t be late (you will be canceled), don’t change your mind (appointments are limited to one hour).

What you need to know:

  • Andrea will use electronic methods of tattoo.
  • Each person will only get a one (1) hour appointment.
  • You may choose one of Andrea’s designs.
  • If you have your own design, it must be approved by Andrea BEFORE March 25th, 2020.

*IMPORTANT – You will only have one hour. Your tattoo must be pre-approved by March 25th, 2020. If you are not pre-approved, your appointment will be canceled.

*IMPORTANT – If you are late for your appointment, you will lose your appointment. You must be 1/2 hour early for your tattoo appointment.


*This workshop is free for women who cannot afford to pay. If you can afford to pay, please donate $25 or $50 HERE.



andrea mcdonald, tattoo workshop, indigenous women's arts conference, pass the feather. aboriginal arts Collective of canadaAs a child,  she admired her father for the images on his forearms and at a young age Andrea experienced the feeling of bravery and empowerment of claiming ownership over her skin. She began her career as a tattoo artist in Montréal in 2008; this is where she became very conscious of the power of tattoo and how it connects people with their cultural identities and families. She studied the history of Indigenous tattooing both pre-contact and contemporary and recognizes that the resurgence of traditional Indigenous tattooing is a beautiful celebration of resilience and pride in ourselves, our families and communities.

Andrea is Ojibwe and her mother comes from a long history of birch canoe builders. She trained in woodworking and ornamental metalwork, apprenticed under master Sto:lo knife maker Dave Jack and contributed to the creation of a 40 foot traditional oceangoing canoe. Andrea teaches beadwork and basic medicine workshops at the Inter Tribal Youth center and Native Women’s shelter in Montréal and offers tattoo services to those that wish to cover scars and tattoos that are connected to painful memories. She is an avid reader, participates in Indigenous ceremony and connects with Mother Earth through gardening food and medicines. Andreal is certified in 4 levels of Holy Fire Usui Reiki, 3 levels of Reiki Crystal Therapy, as well as Reiki Sound Therapy.

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference, Pass The Feather, schedule, Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada


Additional information


Saturday, March 28 | 9am-10am, Saturday, March 28 | 10am-11am, Saturday, March 28 | 11:30am-12:30pm, Saturday, March 28 | 1:30pm-2:30pm, Saturday, March 28 | 2:30pm-3:30pm, Saturday, March 28 | 4:00pm-5:00pm, Sunday, March 29 | 9am-10am, Sunday, March 29 | 10am-11am, Sunday, March 29 | 11:30am-12:30pm, Sunday, March 29 | 1:30pm-2:30pm, Sunday, March 29 | 2:30-3:30, Sunday, March 29 | 4pm-5pm