Jake (Jacqueline) Freeman (she/her) is a Michif artist who was raised in the birthplace of her Métis Nation, Treaty 1 territory in what is now known as Winnipeg.
Jake has moved to beautiful BC and has called Nex̱wlélex̱m (Bowen Island) and Salmon Arm (Secwépemc) home. 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. Some of her family lines include Fleury, Pritchard, Delorme, and Grant.
Jake is primarily a 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 is a featured maker at:
- shopWAG in Winnipeg (2020-present)
- Southwest Art Gallery of Manitoba in Brandon (2021-2023)
- Chocolate Fox in Wasagaming, MB (2021)
- Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC. (2022-present)
- Neat on Bowen Island, BC (2022-present)
- Mainly Manitoba, Wasagaming and Brandon, MB (2022-2023)
Jake works full time and creates as a passion.
She has a Chemical and Biosciences Technology diploma from Red River College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.
Jake acknowledges that she is a guest on the unceded territory of the Secwépemc people and will work to advocate for First Nations in that territory as well as amplify Indigenous voices. She is excited to learn more about the place she now calls home.
During the summer, Jake returns to Wasagaming,MB in Treaty 2 territory and the Homeland of her nation. Acknowledging that these lands are the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Nēhiyawak, Anishinninew, Očhéthi Šakowin and the Homeland of the Métis Nation.