Michelle Jack PhD


Michelle Jack PhD describes her research as “approached in an Interdisciplinary/multimedia way with emphasis on Indigenous/First Nations Studies, Intercultural Communication, Film Studies, and affects/effects of globalization/colonization on our Okanagan traditional ways of life and economic processes. Have been working on Northern border issues and how they have affected traditional relationships, cultural ideals, and identity among our people for about 26 years in my artwork, film, and scholarly endeavors. Key components and ideas: Indigenous land-memories, Decolonization, Indigeneities, Indigenous Representation, Relationships with Nation States, Militarization/SelfDetermination/Sovereignty.”

She describes her artist practice as “an Abstract Image Maker/Scholar who investigates the physical, mental, spiritual, and material. Over the years as an image maker/scholar I have delved into some senses more than others when making distinct bodies of work that have to do with many different living land memories, and parts of Okanagan Indigenous/Aboriginal culture. To respect our Earth/Mother (təmúlaʔxʷ), Creator (kʷl’ncútən), and ancestors (sənqsílxʷ) when creating work sustainability has to be considered in every sense or area of life. The knowledges of our people, language, and culture are intertwined with the ideas of holistic methods and processes.”

PhD Dissertation

2010 website archive

Dissertation Film

Adventures at N’sis ooloxw with Mariel Belanger and Sqilxw Apna

Honoured Artist Educator

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