Organizer: Government of Yukon
Time: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 – 2:00 PM MST
Liisa Ravna Finbog
Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi (Alutiiq) is an art historian, museum consultant and arts administrator based in Homer, Alaska. She is a program director at The CIRI Foundation, an Alaska Native non-profit education foundation, where she oversees a program dedicated to supporting customary Alaska Native arts practices. In addition, Nadia is a contributing author for First American Art Magazine and an occasional art history instructor. Nadia’s research is focused on Alaska Native artistic revitalization and Indigenous aesthetics. She is inspired by the concept of sovereignty and the idea that the arts connect us across generations and cultures.
Nyla Klugie-Migwans is a member of the Selkirk First Nation and descends from the Tlicho Nation of the NWT. She comes from the Wolf Clan. Her cultural and traditional understanding has taken her to a true and honest place of being a teacher and mentor in the areas of reconciliation, healing and sharing. She acknowledges all her present and former elders/teachers who played a vital role in her lifelong learning. Nyla has worked for the Government of Yukon as the Yukon First Nation Heritage Advisor for 8 years. Nyla holds dear to her heart community connections throughout the Yukon. These are important connections and relations to her.
Nyla believes it’s important to know and understand the cultural and spiritual practices of our ancestors to help individuals and community. She draws inspiration from past elders and teachers about cultural ways of living, traditional knowledge and ceremony, and has gained knowledge of the importance of these sacred ways – being part of the land, water, air and fire are elements which lead us to our ancestors and elders. Nyla is very honored to be part of this amazing experience and hopes to inspire others.
Monica L Edmundson
After a visual arts degree from Canberra School of Art (1999), Monica L Edmondson established a glass workshop and studio in Tärnaby, north Sweden. Public art work and collaborations with architects are just as important in Edomondson’s practice as hands-on glass work and extensive art projects. Monica belongs to the indigenous Sami people of north Scandinavia and she often uses glass as a material to express the coexisting notions of fragility and strength in humans and our land. Her work is part of the art collections at National Gallery of Australia and Nationalmuseet Stockholm and has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and Koganezaki Glass Museum Shizuoka Japan, amongst others.