Jennifer (Jenny) Sharon Brake
Western Vice Chief, Qalipu First Nation Career Development Officer, Trades NL Indigenous Office
Chair, Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities
A proud Mi’kmaq woman from Elmastukwek in the Bay of Islands, Jenny Brake holds multiple esteemed positions, including Western Vice Chief of Qalipu First Nation and Career Development Officer at Trades NL Indigenous Office. She is also the Chair of Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities, advocating for Indigenous and marginalized communities.
Jenny is an alumna of the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), where she studied Textile Studies and Welding Technology. Her early involvement with the seal industry as a dye/process technician at Nutan Furs in 2006/07 laid the foundation for her enduring commitment to Canadian seal products. Despite the challenges faced by the industry, including the closure of Nutan Furs, she remained a steadfast advocate.
An artist at heart, Jenny works in various mediums, including metal, painting, garment, and jewelry construction, often incorporating seal fur. She has been nominated for multiple artistic awards and featured in interviews about community projects.
Jenny is a dedicated member of several committees and organizations, including the Provincial Indigenous Women’s Steering Committee and Diversity NL. A devoted mother, she continues to be a strong spokesperson and advocate for her community, the seal industry, and Canadian Seal Products.