Award-winning actress Devery Jacobs is highlighting Indigenous content and talent in Canada in celebration of National Indigenous History Month this June.
In partnership with MADE|NOUS, the “Cardinal” and “Blood Quantum” star is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at her own personal journey, as well as the Indigenous artists who have inspired her. Fans can follow along on her Instagram account and with the hashtag #IndigenousHistoryMonth.
“My connection to my culture is of paramount importance to me, and I am committed to using my platform to uplift important Indigenous voices,” the Kanien’kehá:ka actress says in a statement.
Raised in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory in Quebec, the 26-year-old is part of a wave of young creatives who are striving for representation.
“The industry still has a long way to go, but I am a part of a young generation of Indigenous creatives in film who are relentlessly pursuing proper representation of our stories,” says Jacobs, who is currently developing her first directorial feature-length film.
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Today, June 1st, marks the 1st day of Indigenous History Month. I’m Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, and I proudly celebrate Indigenous people and our history today, and every day. We have so many talented Onkwehón:we storytellers sharing our history in film. I was fortunate enough to be cast in @tripgore’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls, set n a 1970’s Mi’gmaq reserve and residential school. It was my first leading role, the first time I saw my community’s experience reflected in film and the first time I’d worked with an Indigenous writer/director. With @made_nous we are celebrating this month by putting a spotlight on our Onkwehón:we creators. Our stories are important, our voices are invaluable, and we have so much emerging talent. Paid partnership with @made_nous #indigenoushistorymonth #rhymesforyoungghouls #nativepride
ET Canada caught up with Jacobs last week to discuss National Indigenous History Month, as well as Pride Month. As a queer Indigenous woman, Jacobs tells Carlos Bustamante that real change is “within our reach” as we celebrate diverse voices while standing with the Black community.
“I don’t think anyone expected this is how 2020 would go,” she says.
“It’s really a time to reflect on our ancestors, our queer ancestors, our Afro-Indigenous ancestors, and Black allies who throughout history have stood beside us in our plight,” Jacobs says. “I think now is also our time to lend our support to the Black community.”
Look for Carlos Bustamante’s sit-down interview with Jacobs this month.