JACKIE TRAVERSE: GRATEFUL
GRATEFUL by Jackie Traverse.
Jackie Traverse is a multi-disciplinary First Nation Anishinaabe, specifically, Ojibwe, female artist that calls the City of Winnipeg home. She studied at The School of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, and graduated in 2009.
A large portion of her work contains a combination of popular and traditional cultural reflections, which she portrays through her knowledge of urban living, contemporary visual art, traditional craft, and her own cultural practices. She works in many mediums from painting in oils and acrylics to mixed media, sculpture and stop motion animation. Traverse is widely known in art communities across Canada. Her paintings, drawings, documentaries, and sculptures speak to realities of being an Aboriginal woman. Jackie is deeply moved by the injustices faced by First Nations people. She is committed to her community and teaches art in public schools, which bring together the traditional teachings of the First Nations to various cultures. She is an activist and supported of the empowerment of Indigenous women in Canada. The strength and power of women is often depicted in her artwork and is reflected in her activism. She is the founder f a ride-share program in Winnipeg called Ikwe Safe Ride, designed to provide a safe alternative to taxi cabs after a string of sexual assaults on women in Winnipeg taxi cabs. In 2015 she founded Indigenous Rock the Vote. A movement in Winnipeg inspired by Indigenous people across Canada to challenge historically low voter turnout rates, by voting in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.
I am ever so GRATEFUL for the work and messaging from Jackie Traverse, from my hometown of Winnipeg. Treaty One Territory.
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