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Area of Expertise: Artist
"Debwewin in Cree worldview means truth-telling, that's one of our core values is truth and we need to start working from that truth, and just look critically. What is the situation right now? It's big. It's this tangled mess. How can we start to untangle this spiral and make it healthy again?"
Jeska Slater is a mixed-blood Nehiyah iskwew (Cree woman) whose Mother’s side of the family is from Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River Cree Nation) in Manitoba. She has been working in Indigenous communities for ten years. Her work combines traditional teachings and value systems with contemporary art like hip-hop, graffiti and other unique elements to engage folx of all ages. Her training includes a Bachelor in Leadership Studies, Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Counseling, Trauma Informed Practice and Culture as Treatment. Jeska wishes to honour her ancestry by highlighting the concept of Intergenerational Resilience, or the passing down of gifts, culture and personal strengths through our bloodlines in order to empower Indigenous youth and families.