Founder, Director, Producer, Actor, Writer, Public Speaker
Anishnaabe and French, from the unceded traditional territory of Serpent River First Nation, Ontario, Canada; interdisciplinary artist Jenifer Brousseau is Host of APTN’s, Wild Archaeology (currently in second season production) and Executive Artistic Director for imagi’NATION Collective, as well as Chair of Beneath the Surface Society. She began her journey as a working Artist and Indigenous Activist at age nineteen. She has traveled throughout Canada and the world for over twenty-one years, undertaking arts based programs and initiatives amid hundreds of First Nations communities.
Her aims and achievements have been vast and varied, including but not limited to, participating in arts mentorship projects, developing youth programs, facilitating life skills workshops, and delivering keynote lectures. On top of these feats, this strong Indigenous woman has written, produced and directed several theatrical pieces, relating to relevant Indigenous issues. Jenifer’s most recent major accomplishment is her Telus Innovation Awarded (2016) original theatrical production, Beneath the Surface: an educational, Indigenous story, on mental health, suicide awareness and healing, which has toured throughout the West Coast (British Columbia and Alberta), in Secondary Schools, Theatres, and First Nation Communities for the better half of a decade.
Jenifer has been challenged throughout her life to face a dark history and become reacquainted with her foundations, reconnecting to the Ancestors. Her sheer determination to discover, reveal and live truth has given her a multidimensional understanding of relationships and a commitment to Indigenous communities, in addition to a profound connection to the land and waters both with her experiences as host of Wild Archaeology, and her love for the outdoors. In her travels, she has experienced a depth of strength and resiliency and she knows that connecting and building relationship within communities and creating important educational dialogue through arts mediums, can and will invoke inspiration, change and healing.
Now residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her cat and two teenage children, Jenifer has been trained in a variety of mediums, from Wilderness/& Standard First Aid to Grief and Loss Counselling. Her extensive resume in social, support, and prevention work in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, has broadened her understanding, while contributing to her practice as an artist, influencing her work. As she has learned and grown, Jenifer has added some prestigious involvement to her arsenal such as, Honourary Rotary Member (Vancouver) and lead Vocalist with M’girl Music. In seeking amendment and revelation, this proud warrior’s intentions are to call upon her ancestors to continue creating pertinent, and passionate impressions on the world, youth, people and communities around her.