Ariel Smith is Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Jewish. She is a filmmaker, video artist, writer, and cultural worker who grew up in East Vancouver B.C. on unceded Coast Salish territory and is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded Algonquin territory. She has shown at festivals and galleries internationally. Ariel is active in Indigenous media arts advocacy and administration, and is currently the director of National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC).