Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin)


 Jeneen Frei Njootli (Vuntut Gwitchin)



Jeneen Frei Njootli produces mixed media, audio, performance and installation works in addition to working on community based projects. A member of the Vuntut Gwitchin Nation in northern Yukon, Frei Njootli holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is working towards her MFA from the University of British Columbia. She is a core member of the ReMatriate collective and currently sits on the Board of Directors of grunt gallery, Vancouver. The artist has lived and exhibited across Canada. She is currently a grateful, uninvited guest on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Skwxwu7mesh territories.

Jeneen Frei Njootli’s work is now in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection.



Masters of Fine Arts Candidate, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

  • 2012
    – Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Arts, Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC
  • 2010
    – Undergraduate Exchange Study, Sydney College of Art ,Sydney AU


  • 2017
    – LUX|MAM, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver BC
    – SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2016
    – Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – wnoondwaamin: we hear you, Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON
    – Emerge, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Fazakas Gallery Booth, Art Toronto | Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto ON
    – Rencontres Improbables (The Secret Encounters Of Kusama Kalthoum), oqbo, Berlin DE
    – The Meandering Line, Schneiderei, Vienna AT
    – Our Home is Our Gallery, Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse YT
    – Triennale internationale des arts textiles, Axeneo7, Hull QC
    – Culture Shift: Contemporary Native Art Biennal, 3rd Edition, Art Mur, Montreal QC
    – Indian Giver: Setsune Creative Incubator, Gallery 1313, Toronto ON
    – Divergent Convergence – Group exhibition, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Proof 23, Gallery 44, Toronto ON
    – Slip the Snare, UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Ogema: I am Woman, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Récentes, Aboriginal Art Centre, Gatineau QC
    – All That You Touch, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa ON
    – Enendaman | Anminigook, aceart, Winnipeg, MB
  • 2015
    – Culture Saves Lives: Slax’in (medicine) project, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Material Experiments, A Space with imagineNATIVE, Toronto ON
    – Beau Dick/Nicholas Galanin/Jeneen Frei Njootli, Macaulay Co. & Fine Art, Vancouver BC
    – Time Immemorial (solo), GAM Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – CUSTOM MADE/ Tsitslem the stem te ck’ultens-kuc, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC
    – Adaka Cultural Festival Fashion Show, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse YT
    – Honouring Our Sisters Fashion Show, Musqueam Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC
    – Dagwinuu, AHVA Gallery: University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
    – Geometry of Knowing, Audain Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2014
    – Dinjii Zhuh: Productive Disruptions, Gallery Connexion Project Space, Fredericton NB
    – New Voices: An Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions / Voix nouvelles : Une Exposition D’Acquisitions
    – Récentes, Aboriginal Art Centre, Gatineau QC
    – Traces: New Acquisitions of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, Yukon Art Gallery, Whitehorse YT
    – Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC
    – Pink Party: Indigenous Fashion Show, Sister Sister, Albuquerque NM
  • 2013
    – Thunderstruck (solo), Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto ON
    – Taking Place Festival, Unit 2, Toronto ON
    – Adaka Cultural Festival Fashion Show, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse YT
    – Show Them in Good Light: Access Gallery Auction, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2012
    – Peace Hills Trust Native Art Show, the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, Calgary AB
    – Authentic Indian Beverage, The Philosopher’s Knoll, Banff AB
    – VANIMAUX: SAD Mag, GAM Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Adaka Cultural Festival, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse YT
    – Romance Capital, Confluence Gallery, Dawson City YT
    – Northern Shelter, Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2011
    – Undercovers, Art Bank, Vancouver BC
  • 2010
    – Performing Objects, Ded Space, Sydney AU
  • 2009
    – Youth Resisting Colonialism and Rebuilding Pathways to Hope, OISE Gallery, Toronto ON
  • 2007
    – (Ab)original, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2006
    – Pathways, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa ON


  • 2016
    – Panelist: Sovereignty’s Resonance: Singing, Sounding, Playing, Listening, Doing Sovereignties, Western Front, Vancouver BC
    – Panelist: New Approaches to Indigenous Media, History, & Performance: On Co-Creation & Collaboration Between Artists & Academics with Lindsay Lachance, Native American & Indigenous Studies Association, Honolulu HI
    – Presenter: Indigenous Art Practices, Urban Native Youth Association, Vancouver BC
    – Presenter: Intertextual Reading Group with Olivia Whetung, Western Front, Vancouver BC
  • 2015
    – Presenter: ReMatriate Panel Discussion, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse YT
    – Panelist: Young Gwitchin Leaders, Governor General Leadership Conference Tour, Old Crow YT
    – Artist Talk and Performance, Super Cool Tuesdays, Vancouver BC
  • 2014
    – Presenter: Dinjii Zhuh: Productive Disruptions, Darcy McNickle Foundation for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the Newberry Museum, Chicago IL
  • 2013
    – Worktable Facilitator, Decolonial Aesthetics of the Americas Symposium, Toronto ON
    – Guest Lecturer: Natural Resource Management Level 200, Ottawa University, Ottawa ON
  • 2011
    – Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Cultural Theory Level 100, Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC


  • 2013
    – K’eejit Creations, Airport Gallery, Old Crow YT
    – Natürlich: thank you for contacting me, Room 321, Banff AB
    – Kawliga, The Resolute Parka Gallery, Banff AB
  • 2012
    – Downstream: Reimagining Water, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2011
    – Navigating Ethical Representation, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2010
    – The Five Day Affair, Dedspace Gallery, with Jacob Dillow, Sydney AU
  • 2009
    – Internal|External: Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, with Lauren Wood, Vancouver BC


  • 2016
    –  Western Front Media Arts Residency, Vancouver BC
  • 2015
    – #BUSH_gallery, with Tania Willard, Peter Morin, Gabe Hill, Secwepemculewc Territory
  • 2014
    – Global Positioning System or Hacking the Coordinates to Enable Shapeshifting and Shadow Networks, The Banff Centre, Banff AB
  • 2013
    – Wood Land School – what colour is the present?, The Banff Centre, Banff AB


  • 2014
    – Assert, Defend, Take Space, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC
    – Experimental Shorts, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto ON
  • 2012
    – Songweavers, Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, Vancouver BC
    – Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2, Vancouver BC


  • 2017
    – Vancouver Art Gallery Permanent Collection
  • 2013 – 2015
    – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Permanent Art Collection
  • 2014
    – Yukon Permanent Art Collection
  • 2013
    – Artist Book Collection at the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, The Banff Centre


  • 2015
    – Jeneen Frei Njootli (2015) Dinjii Zhuh: Productive Disruptions. American Indian Culture and Research Journal: 2015, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 113-120.