HER STORY

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Jaimie Davis is an award winning artist from the Gitx̱san & Nisga’a Nations, currently residing on Laxyuubm Ts’msyen - traditional Tsimshian territory (Terrace BC). Belonging to the Laxskiik (eagle) Clan, Wilp (house) Sakhumhiigookh her eagle name is Xbiyee which translates into “in front of the village walking, cawing like the crow”.

Her business is in the revitalization of her culture through the arts and in sharing a piece of her culture through wearable art. Since launching her online store Jada Creations in 2018, she's graduated in 2019 with honors from the 3 year program at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art being awarded the "Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation", Eighth Generation’s “Inspired Natives” award in 2020 and earned the title of “Best Solopreneur” with Small Business BC in 2021!

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Photo courtesy of Skeena Media Productions

Growing up in Terrace BC, I faced a lot of racism to the point that I didn’t realize it was racism. It was accepted and “normal” behavior while my culture was never celebrated. I questioned who I was as a First Nations, Indian, Native, or whatever we were labeled as the following year…But since stepping on this path as an artist, it has allowed me to free myself from the colonial construct and to learn my history. I picked up that pencil and started rewriting my own as I reclaimed my identity as an Indigenous woman. Being a single mother, it is my mission to create a space where my son can grow up without ever having to question his identity. I create to keep my culture alive.

Mama and baby Felix
Mama and baby Felix

The beginning of Jada Creations, 2013

Mama and son harvest
Mama and son harvest

Gathering bark

Graduation Day
Graduation Day

Lieutenant Governor's Medal

Mama and baby Felix
Mama and baby Felix

The beginning of Jada Creations, 2013

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