Jessie Jannuska

November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020



This artwork will be installed on a billboard at 18th St and Park Ave in Brandon, Manitoba.

In spring 2019, two local artists were selected to participate in the Public Art Mentorship Program– an initiative that fosters artistic leadership in racialized and Indigenous artists living in Brandon. Reflecting on water rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the continuous Indigenous presence in the region, the two artists created new work to share their unique perspectives.
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Image caption: Jessie Jannuska, Nibi – my cup is full, please take a sip, 2019. Digital art.

Nibi – my cup is full, please take a sip, is an image of two Indigenous women wearing long skirts, sitting atop the Bannock Point Petroforms in Whiteshell Provincial Park. The dotted red line along the image represents a line of beads, which is in the shape of the Assiniboine River in Brandon, Manitoba. Jannuska chose to depict the Assiniboine River, because it is the raw water source for Brandon, her hometown. The saying, “my cup is full, please take a sip,” is a play on the proverbial “cup half full/half empty” phrase. It relates to water rights and Indigenous women rights. The artist is particularly interested in creating Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women awareness and making clean water available to everyone, especially in Indigenous communities with drinking water advisories in effect. The saying also has to do with the passing on of kindness from one woman to the next. This work was made while the artist attended the 2019 Nibi Gathering at the Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Artist Biography

Jessie Jannuska is a Brandon-based interdisciplinary visual artist with mixed Dakota, Ojibway and European ancestry. She is from Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Brandon University. She primarily works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen, mixed media, and beading. She has had solo exhibitions at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery, and the Arts Mosaic Gallery, and has participated in many group exhibitions.

The program was generously supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project