FNT2T life long learning always works to celebrate the work and accomplishments of members our territory and Anishinaabek peoples.
A member of Lake St. Martin First Nation, Jackie Traverse, is an accomplished artist. She studied at the University of Manitoba graduating with her Fine Arts degree in 2009. Her artwork represents her culture as an Indigenous woman. Jackie is also a filmmaker and activist. Her work is incredible and inspirational. She was also chosen as 1 of 15 Indigenous artists across Canada who designed a Coca-Cola bottle for the olympics. All 15 designer bottles were later auctioned, proceeds went to the Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund.
Most recently, Jackie has published two books. In 2016, she published Sacred Feminine: An Indigenous Art Colouring Book, and in 2018 she published Ikwe: Honouring Women. Both were published by Roseway Publishing an imprint of Fernwood Publishing and both are available on the Fernwood Publishing website for online purchase. Every image in these books is striking and insightful. Young people need to see these beautiful books and schools need to utilize them in their classrooms. They offer teachings that can be used in all subject areas. Jackie gives names for each image in both of her books including “Grandmothers’ Guidance,” “Teach Your Children to Pray” and an image for each of the Seven Teachings.
As Indigenous peoples, we want to celebrate one another, our cultures, our ancestors, and our accomplishments. We have incredible role models who are doing amazing things across Turtle Island and within Treaty Two territory. We will celebrate being Indigenous every day!
Keep renewing and revitalizing. Stay safe.