Vanessa Ominika (she/her) is a Theatre Artist, Writer and a long time advocate for Youth Empowerment. She is a proud Ojibwe/Potawatomi from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. She’s been involved in Theatre for many years off and on starting when she was 19 years old. Her passion is writing and being a helper, particularly to the youth. She wants to be able to help our youth find their voice, to tell their truths and to help them gain confidence through theatre. When Vanessa is not being a part of the Theatre world, you can now find her learning about Indigenous Politics working with the Chiefs of Ontario in the Political Office, working as an EA in the Office of the Ontario Regional Chief.
Being in a pandemic and feeling locked up in our own homes and communities/cities for months was really mentally draining for many. When the provinces started opening up, my family talked about going on a road trip and camping. These videos were my end result. It was right before the long weekend where I was able to have a nice long weekend by the waters on my home community before heading back to the city. I am a writer for as long as I can remember, starting with Poetry when I was a little girl and I put the two together and this was what I got. Water always brings me home. Whenever I am by water it’s the only place I can allow myself to just be. With the sounds of the waves, which is so soothing, that is my peaceful place. Anywhere I am as long as there is water, I am home.
Thank you Sarah Gartshore for asking me to participate in this wonderful project! I look forward to seeing everyone’s work.