In 2005, Janice moved with her family to Treaty 7 Territory in Canmore, Alberta where she accepted a position to serve as Program Manager for Aboriginal Leadership at The Banff Centre. Setting aside a successful art career to devote time to her young family and her new role, Janice discovered artistic inspiration and support through close relationships with faculty and participants from Aboriginal communities from across Canada and Australia. She is greatly honoured to have been adopted as the daughter of Elder Tom Crane Bear of the Siksika Nation (NAAF Culture and Spirituality Award Recipient), initiated into the pow wow dance circle, is a tipi owner, has been given the Blackfoot name Iniskim-Aki (Buffalo Stone Woman).
Curious as to how to reconcile the wide spectrum of diversity within her communities and families, Janice began to work in a new vein of artistic exploration. Focusing upon these cross-cultural relationships through painting, film and a melding of performance arts practices, she launched the Community Fusion Project with the support of a grant award from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2011, she again received an award from the Canada Council for the Arts for CAMP, an extension of her work in this area. She continues to work with the members of the Indigenous Deep Listening Project in Australia where she has exhibited at the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Janice retired from her role in Aboriginal Leadership at The Banff Centre at the end of 2010 to devote her time solely to her art studio and project work. She continues her strong relationships with aboriginal communities and leaders across Canada with the focus of her work centred upon artfully discovering the colourful contemporary threads of commonality woven within the remarkable diversity of our species.?Janice’s breaks new ground by exploring the intersection of collaborative cross-cultural arts practices to strengthen relationships through practice in the arts.
She is working hard at becoming a Full Time Human Being.
Canada Council for the Arts - Visual Arts Grant, The Community Fusion Project
Canada Council for the Arts - Visual Arts Grant, CAMP
Alumni of Distinction - Durham College
Premier's Award Nominee (Ontario)
Governor General's Leadership Conference - Finalist
Rotman Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee
San Fernando/Santa Clarita
Child Abuse Prevention Council
Country Home Candle Co. Inc.
The Bradford Exchange
Pine Ridge Art Inc.
Town of Canmore
FX Schmid Puzzle Co.
Barnes and Noble
The Banff Centre