Jake (Jacqueline) Freeman (she/her) is a Michif (Red River Métis Citizen) artist raised in the birthplace of the Métis Nation, Treaty 1 territory, in what is now known as Winnipeg, MB.
Jake has moved to beautiful BC and has lived in Nex̱wlélex̱m (Bowen Island) and Mara home but will reside in Peachland, unceded Syilx (Okanagan) territory in the fall of 2023. Jake continues to create unique pieces inspired by nature in her new surroundings.
Her late mother (Lorraine) was the co-founder and past president of the Métis Culture and Heritage Resource Centre, so Jake was very fortunate to grow up knowing where her Michif roots come from and who we are as a people and encourages youth to learn their history to reclaim their identities as Indigenous people.
Jake is a primary self-taught contemporary artist working with many media; paints, beads, leather, caribou hair, feathers, birchbark, quills, and metals - to name a few. Her work is ever-evolving and she wants to create pieces for all people to wear, display, or enjoy. She is grateful to learn from other artists and also teaches workshops so that participants understand the delicate work and the love that goes into each piece.
Jake would like to acknowledge that she is a guest on the unceded ancestral territory of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation.