Jeska is a Nehiyah iskwew (Cree woman) whose family is from Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River Cree Nation) in Manitoba. Jeska has been working with youth for 8 years; her work combines traditional teachings and value systems with contemporary art like hip hop, graffiti and other unique elements to engage young people. Her training includes Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Counseling, Trauma Informed Practice and Culture as Treatment. She has completed a Bachelors of Leadership and is entering an Indigenous MBA Program next fall.
Jeska is an Indigenous Social Innovation Coordinator for Skookum – One of Turtle Island’s first Indigenous-led social innovations labs. The activities of the lab centre Indigenous wisdom, to discover root causes of Indigenous child and youth poverty in Surrey. She is, additionally, a celebrated artist, and her artwork was included in Surrey Cares Community Foundation’s Vital Signs 2018 First Peoples Report.