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Jessica Jackson


Multidisciplinary Arts:
Poetry
Location: Waswanipi

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October 20,2020, I celebrated two years of sobriety. This day I was filled with emotions of happiness and sadness. Happiness for the accomplishments I have done to reach my goals in life. Learning about my Cree roots, and focusing on my healing journey. Sadness because we lost another family member who struggled with unresolved trauma and substances. She was one of the reasons why I quit drinking two years ago. Her loss is another reminder to keep pushing forward to help our people. The root of our pain can be hidden so far within ourselves that can lead to be blinded by the spirit of alcohol. I was angry with what happened to Joyce Echaquan, I was angry with systemic racism, I seen the verbal attacks on the Algonquin Nation for protecting the Moose, and all the resilience that we have as First Nations people. A real mixture of different emotions. I am a survivor of Trauma and intergenerational trauma. I started poetry because my voice was tired of staying silent. I am sharing my story that resembles the stories of many First Nations people. I want to share my wisdom and truth for others to learn and have courage to do the same.

Where did you learn your art?

I remember doing poems in elementary school. Roses are red violets are blue... But this time around, I break my silence to influence my people in their healing journeys. We can't stay in our pain, we have to sit with it, we have to feel it and we have to understand it for us to grow. Connection and growth are my two main values in life. If you connect to my words, please break out of your own silence in any way you can. It's time to rise and shine! We are a beautiful Nation!

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

The inspiration comes when I am in my emotion. I am completely into the root of my pain. I let the words flow out. I have a book that I carry with me incase I am inspired along the way. I was driving to Mistissini and felt inspired, so I parked my car and wrote. Peoples feelings inspire me. Working for the Cree Nation inspires me. My family inspires me. The land inspires me. You reading my poetry inspires me to continue with these English words. But most importantly my son inspires me... I want to break these generational curses for him to have a happy life.

Have you received any formal training?

I think the training came from being biracial and experiencing this life. I am a proud Cree, Algonquin and French Quebecois woman. It's an important time, where people are standing up and breaking their silence.

What other art forms do you practice?

I am just discovering myself now with Poetry. I will take my time as these poems hold a lot of our history. I'll be gentle with me because our stories are sacred.

Have you ever received any awards or special recognition?

From my mentors, trusted elders, family and friends. Their opinions matter the most to me.

Do you sell your work? If so, how?

No, I want to help people heal.

Has your art work ever been mentioned in any media?

No

Please provide any information on your buyers.

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Please provide any other information you would like to mention.

Meegwetch for taking the time to read and process my poems. Healing is important. You matter the most in your life story.