Q: What is your role with the AGA?
I’ve been fortunate to have several roles within the AGA both as a staff member and as an artist/designer. My public/front facing role is interpretation and engagement as a GA (gallery attendant). I sit as a co-chair on the Equity Committee. Separately, as an artist/designer I’ve been able to facilitate events for the AGA and some of my work is available for purchase in the shop.
Q: Have you experienced discrimination or prejudice?
Yes, as a visibly indigenous woman I’ve encountered discrimination and prejudice many, many times and for long as I remember.
Q: How would you describe women in one word?
Q: What way do you think you are helping to break the bias around gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping in your environment?
I am helping to break the bias around gender, discrimination and stereotyping in my environment by being myself and living my life with compassion and honesty.
Q: What is the most impactful contribution from women in the arts and culture ecosystem?
The most impactful contribution from women in the arts and cultural ecosystem is from those that advocate for the prevention of Indigenous art exploitation and Indigenous identify fraud in the arts. I understand how tough and isolating it can be but it’s also incredibly inspiring and making change.
Q: What part of your role that you enjoy the most?
Learning and engaging with the public is what I enjoy most about working at the AGA. As an indigenous person, it’s important to see other indigenous people in different spaces, to know we are welcome and belong here too.
Q: Who is the woman who inspired you in your life and why?
My sister Holly is one woman who inspired me in my life. She taught me how to create quillwork and I know I wouldn’t be where I am artistically if she hadn’t supported and mentored me. She leads with love, compassion and a great sense of humour.
Q: When have you felt the proudest about being a woman?
I always feel the most proud of being a woman when I see my children happy and pursuing their passions.