Gina Mae Schubert
June 15, 1964
Prince Rupert, BC / Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, BC
Gina Mae Schubert, whose traditional name is Jaada-Sk'illa, describes herself as a proud Canadian Indigenous mother, artist, industrial/interior designer, and activist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In 1999, she enrolled at the International Academy of Design in Toronto, before moving to New York in 2000. She was the first foreigner to be awarded an American Scholarship at the New York School of Interior Design. She has done design projects in Canada, New York, California, and Central America, and her work has been featured in magazines across the world. As of 2023, she runs a podcast titled the Manifesto of Matriarchs, where she advocates for the voices of Indigenous women. Gina believes in elevating the divine feminine in all that she creates, and she is an activist for the protection of Mother Earth, humanity, and Indigenous rights. Storytelling is also a big part of her artwork, and she carries forth the tradition of passing down ancestral knowledge.