Jenifer, an Ojibway, Francophone from Northern Ontario Serpent River First Nations has been singing since the tender age of 5 and blending her luscious harmonies with M’Girl since 2008.
From a young age, Jenifer knew she wanted to ‘give back’. In order to fulfill this need, Jenifer has traveled throughout the world with various foundations and humanitarian organizations; Careforce International, This Next Generation and Our Imagi’Nation to name a few. These experiences enabled Jenifer to create positive impact for children and youth affected by hunger, poverty and environmental change.
Jenifer continues ‘giving back’ today right here in the lower mainland by teaching creative arts, drum making, theatre training and traditional song workshops to Aboriginal Children and Youth. Her commitment to social change has lead her to facilitate life skills dialogue for an anti-bullying and gang prevention program.
Traveling throughout the country and seeing the loss of youth in Aboriginal communities to suicide, Jenifer was motivated to write, direct and produce a theatrical play, entitled Beneath the Surface, depicting the impact of losing a friend’s daughter at the tender age of 14 to suicide. Jenifer has re-enacted this play in various Vancouver public secondary schools and BC First Nation communities. This experience has continued to motivate Jenifer to create a curriculum based on suicide prevention anti-bullying, foster care and the inter-generational effect the residential school system has had on youth today.
Jenifer continues with her community arts engagement activities promoting and supporting the dialogue of social, educational and family narratives of children and youth. Jenifer is honoured to be a part of M’Girl and to share their music within her community work.