Meet Jannica Rae Hoskins
A MODEL AND ROLE MODEL
She is a driving force in fashion, research, curriculum development, Indigenous Education and Design, multi-media documentation, and social development.
Jannica Hoskins is represented by Masala Model and Talent based in Saskatoon, SK where she lives with her 5 year old daughter. She was born in Vancouver, BC and also lived in Ontario, British Columbia and France. Over the course of her life she developed a solid appreciation for fashion, arts and entertainment having acted as a teen, and later creating documentary projects.
In the past decade she has garnered a background in research, curriculum development, Indigenous Education and Design, multi-media documentation, and social development, with experience in both private sector and public service. She currently serves various boards including Dance Saskatchewan Inc., Friends of Prince Albert National Park Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, and The Federation of African and Artistic Talents of Saskatchewan Inc. known as
"FETAAS", a Canadian non-profit organization promoting African culture in Saskatchewan. Being part of interculturalism, this year FETAAS has evolved their mandate to be inclusive of promoting the African, Indigenous First Nations and Metis arts as hosts of Saskatchewan in alignment with the national policies for Reconciliation.
In addition, this woman of strength is also on the board for the Maternal Services PFAC-SHR, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital – Philosophy of Care Working Group while being a Patient as a Patient Family Advisor for the Saskatoon
Health Region, and Ambassador for the Bold Eagle Program with FSIN and Canadian Armed Forces http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/jobs-caf-aboriginal/bold-eagle-index.page.
She has been involved in various community building fashion initiatives working with designers, fashion incubators and shows as a model, project coordinator, and organizer. Jannica is also an avid Facilitator who delivers workshops on grant writing, entrepreneurship, creative industry, film and journalism. She has also delivers Empowerment Program classes with Lindsay Isbister which include cultural components in modelling, self-care, confidence building, anti-bullying, suicide prevention, public speaking, ambassadorship, cultural inclusion and aim to use a model role to create a role model.
Currently, she is an independent contractor in public service who offers consulting, business support, evolving design strategies to optimize individual and collective successes. She is passionate about supporting her local Central Urban Metis Federation Incorporated (CUMFI) and AIDS Saskatoon as leaders in creating initiatives to promote healthy community supports that foster inclusion for all.
In 2016-2017 Jannica collaborated with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) and is co-authoring a material with Renison University in Waterloo Ontario. From 2012-2015 Jannica worked with Trinity Western University (TWU) towards enhancing curriculum content, as an in-class presenter on education pedagogy for the Indigenous Issues in Education course and juror for final project grading for TWU. In 2006-2011 Jannica taught Aboriginal Education, developed curriculum, and the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement for SDNo.19 while pursuing various certification in special education, crisis intervention, and youth programming. During this time she was a member of the Federation for Aboriginal Foster parents of BC volunteering for FN bands, community based organizations, SDNo.19 Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee working between the Ministry of Education, supporting Child and Family Development and Schools.
"Fashion design and modelling is a reflection of art and culture;
art and culture is a form of change and growth”
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about cultural connections which include learning through travel, people in any language and institutions. The learning that happens when you travel not only requires awareness but also provides freedom to discovery that can be life changing. I have been very fortunate to travel across Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia, China, France UK, Germany, and Belgium.
How did you start your journey?
I believe every journey starts at home with the foundations built when you are born, and the experiences or challenges that shape who we become. It’s for this reason that culture and history are so important in providing a sense of belonging in one’s identity so that as we grow we are not distracted by substitutes that takes away our spirit or path.
We live in a highly competitive world, where society has grown away from Indigenous teachings internationally speaking. The world’s resources have become economic vantage points where countries enter war to gain control over people and the land. Every time explore Indigenous concepts, a common tie is the concept of stewardship versus ownership. This shift was a colonial trait that has been the fuel to being motivated towards the things I am involved in.
So, how is fashion and modelling related to this? It’s about breaking down stereotypes, about cultivating a way to re*introduce or re-brand our perception. Fashion design and modelling is an art and in art there is no wrong answer, there is examples but also a freedom to express or digest it with a fresh set of eyes. Fashion design and modelling is a reflection of art and culture, and art and culture is a form of change and growth. In order to survive drastic impact change and growth is required for anything to be sustainable.
“There are givers and takers in this world,
and the only thing in life you own
is your reputation”
What inspires you?
When I was young my father used to say “There are givers and takers in this world and that the only thing in life you own is your reputation”. It was when I was in my youth that I started to understand the depth of these words.
In my late youth my Elder Dr. Mary Thomas used to say this isn’t just for you to know but for you to teach. As I became an adult, my 8 year old foster son was overheard in class speaking with a peer and asked “what are you” this young friend said “what do you mean” he replied “what’s your culture, ‘cause I just found out I’m part Aboriginal so you should ask your parents too, it’s important”.
Inspiration is something that requires listening because it can happen every day and by practicing gratitude or giving attention to people of all ages, it’s easy to stay inspired and carry those messages on in life. These are the things that echo when I am challenged with grief or difficulty and it’s what helps me to role model and cope in a healthy way.
What is one thing that you cannot say NO to?
There are a lot of things that I cannot say no to, and I smile as I respond because it’s important to find balance between what you do for others and what you do for yourself. This is important especially when you are raising young spirits in a time and place filled with contradicting views.
This saying “no” is something I have to practice regularly to illustrate success coming from having healthy boundaries and protection. Audrey Hepburn said once “if you are born with two hands, you have one had to give and another to receive”. I find that there are certain times when somebody is gifting you with opportunity, or sharing and in the process of that, or talks about preparing for when they are not able, or if they instill reinforcing responsibility during the time shared that I can’t say no. It is in cases like that I find that I have to carry this on into a life practice at least until I can bestow the same cadence for another to carry on. There is no expiry date on nurturing something sacred.
What are your goals in the next 5 years?
In the next five years my goal is to build my daughter’s opportunities by role modelling, international travel and expanding creative contracts in other areas of Canada and abroad. We aim to be practicing multilingualism, cultural practices and sharing in learning exchanges while promoting talent.
If a young girl comes up to you and tells you she wants to be like Jannica Rae Hoskins when she grows up, what is your response?
It’s the people we meet along the way, good and bad, that shape who we become; that’s what builds character and inner strength. We can be anything if we are accountable to the dreams we have and make time for joy in what we do.
Jannica is truly a strong woman and a woman of strength! You can reach her at:
Facebook: Jann Rae
See you out there,
High Heeled Explorer