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, Njootli holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She earned her MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2017. Her work as a contemporary Indigenous artist has been recognized throughout Canada. She is a core member of the ReMatriate collective and currently sits on the Board of Directors of grunt gallery. In 2017, Njootli was longlisted as a nominee for the Sobey Art Award and shortlisted for the Contemporary Art Society Vancouver Artist Prize. In 2016, she won the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists. She has completed multiple residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and her work is in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Jeneen Frei Njootli is currently a grateful, uninvited guest on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Skwxwu7mesh territories.


  • 2017
    – Masters of Fine Arts, 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


  • 2018
    – Bad Stitch, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver BC
    – NDN BURN, Fierman Gallery, New York, NY
    – These Hands, Coney Island Baby with Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Chandra Melting Tallow, Tania Willard and Amy Kazymerchyk, Western Front, Vancouver BC
    – ReMatriate, Featuring Lorraine Netro, Arts Underground, Whitehorse, YT
    – I can’t make you those mitts because there is a hole in my heart and my hands hurt, Artspace, Peterborough ON
    – Pink Noise Pop Up, One and J Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017
    – red rose ad lidii, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB
    – Crafted Strangers, Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville TN
    – Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC
    – AKWA, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunderbay ON
    – Being Skidoo, Landmarks 2017, various locations
    – Wnoondwaamin: we hear you, Whitewater Gallery, North Bay ON; Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba MB
    – 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 – Une révolution culturelle, Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), 3rd edition, Art Mûr, Montréal QC
    – Indian Giver: Setsune Creative Incubator, Gallery 1313, Toronto ON
    – Divergent Convergence, 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
    – Ishi: The Archive Performance with James Luna, la Jolla Playhouse, San Diego CA
    – if this were a draft, would you dodge it? With Olivia Whetung, Axeneo7, Gatineau QC
    – i want to let the words seep into my marrow so that i too can one day make good soup, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa ON
    The Word Your Tongue Might Find Could Be Haunting, Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary AB
    – Melanocite, aceart, Winnipeg MB
  • 2015
    – La Pocha Nostra, Live Biennale with La Pocha Nostra at VIVO, Vancouver BC
    – Native Stories: Sounds, Stories & Shadows with James Luna, Live Biennale at VIVO, Vancouver BC
    – Ishi: The Archive Performance with James Luna, Stories from the Edge: Metro Theatre, Victoria BC
    – Ishi: The Archive Performance with James Luna, Black Box Theatre, Kelowna BC
    – She Showed Me What I Had Done, or What I Had Been Doing, Macaulay Co. & Fine Art, Vancouver BC
    – Our Ceremony is Survival, Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – if this were a draft, would you dodge it?, unceded Musqueam territory with Olivia Whetung, BC
    – Artist Talk and Performance at Audain Gallery, Super Cool Tuesdays, Vancouver BC
  • 2014
    – Performer: Claiming Space Exhibition Opening, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC


  • 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


  • 2018
    – Sobey Art Award Shortlist, West Coast & Yukon
  • 2017
    – Sobey Art Award Longlist, West Coast & Yukon


  • 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


  • 2018
    – I can’t make you those mitts because there is a hole in my heart and my hands hurt, Olivia Whetung, Artspace, Peterborough, ON.
  • 2015
    – Jeneen Frei Njootli (2015) Dinjii Zhuh: Productive Disruptions. American Indian Culture and Research Journal: 2015, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 113-120.