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Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts), Native Teacher Education Program
Thunder Bay, ON
I am an Anishinaabe artist who lives and works in Thunder Bay, and I’m a member of the Red Rock Indian Band. I identify with my Indigenous and non-Indigenous roots and draw on life experiences to explore the relationship between cultures and people. In 1997, I graduated from Lakehead with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education through the Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP). In 2012, I returned to school to pursue my dream of becoming an artist and I’m currently a part-time student in the Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
Going back to school after fifteen years wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the close-knit community within the Visual Arts department at Lakehead has been welcoming and supportive for me. The professors are incredibly approachable, knowledgeable, and talented while students in all years interact and provide one another with feedback on a continual basis. It’s an environment that fosters creativity, innovative thinking, sharing, collaboration, and teamwork. This experience has had a positive impact on my artwork and helped spur my involvement in a number of community arts projects and initiatives throughout the past few years.
Currently, I am devoted to, and a dedicated committee member of, Neechee Studio, a Definitely Superior Art Gallery program that provides Aboriginal youth with access to free art workshops delivered by professional Aboriginal artists. I am continually exploring traditional and contemporary art forms in order to create art that will inspire discussion and create awareness about Aboriginal issues as well as guide others to communicate and heal through the arts.