Meet Jennifer: An award-winning Inuk entrepreneur, hairstylist, and mother from Iqaluit, NU.
Jenn is the Owner of Jenn 87 Hairstyling: Iqaluit's only Inuit-owned hair salon that offers clients a truly unique experience and sense of community. Jenn fell in love with hairstyling as a teenager and it's been her career passion ever since. Over the years, she's built a thriving business that models her cultural teachings and the values of respect and generosity that she was raised with.
The salon is a space where clients come to feel beautiful and to feel at home. Inuit art and traditional design elements take centre stage, and passers-by are always invited to pop in for a coffee. On occasion, there's even the opportunity to buy smoked fish and handmade jewellery from local sellers. Knowing that access to commercial space is a major barrier, Jenn also ensures that her building (which she proudly owns) is available to host local sewing groups and community workshops.
In this episode you will also meet celebrated Inuk broadcaster and communications specialist, Joanna Awa. Joanna has been a devotee of Jenn's from the very beginning, and she deeply appreciates all the trailblazing work that Jenn has done for Inuit entrepreneurship across Nunavut.