John Ferris


Constance Lake First Nation

My name is John Ferris. I’m a member of Constance Lake First Nation, and I have been artistically active most of my life. I began developing my portfolio in 1985 and in the summer of 1986, I received a letter of acceptance to the Ontario College of Art and Design. Afterwards, I continued to study Graphic Design at George Brown College. I was introduced to Michael John Angel, a Master Portrait painter who taught in the Classical Methods of Drawing and Painting of the Old Masters. My goal is to establish an Aboriginal Arts Organization that will utilize AAGNO and by practicing our traditional art forms, incorporate them into educational systems. I have recently started the business, Ed-Digenous Traditions, where I create and develop Indigenous Learning Kits for schools, communities, workshops, conferences and post-secondary. These align with the new curriculum guidelines being introduced by Ontario and other provincial governments across Canada and will be connecting with international education institutions in the future.