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Jenn Cole

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Jenn Cole is mixed ancestry Algonquin Anishinaabekwe from Kiji Sibi territory. Her grandparents are from settlements at Mattawa and Bissett Creek. She is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Performance and Gender in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and Gender and Social Justice. She is a queer/2S mother, Artistic Director for Nozhem Peoples Performance Space and editor for Canadian Theatre Review Views and Reviews. Her research treats the Ottawa River as a living archive for Algonquin stories, histories of early encounters between settlers and the Algonquin nation, and the continued expression of Algonquin presence. To do this work she leans heavily on and Indigenous art makers, knowledge holders, and theorists. She works in areas of performance as research, ancestral articulations in the body, Land based art making, and Indigenous resurgence. Some of her work involves repairing a wiigwaasi jiimaan in her home territory; working with museums to decolonize their collections; creating performance, film, creative writing, and visual art to connect more deeply with territory and ancestral epistemologies and to work towards livable futures for all her relations. She teaches courses in Indigenous and gender justice, decolonizing feminisms, art-based research, Indigenous performance, and decolonizing mental health justice. She works in digital storytelling, oral histories, archival research, and going visiting. She is committed to lifting up ongoing work in many communities: her home community; Michi Saagig community; Indigenous creative makers; the Trent University community; and local social justice and artistic communities. 

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