Jessica McKenzie (She/Her)

Name: Jessica McKenzie (She/Her) - Opaskwayak Cree Nation & Indonesian

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Bio: FutureKokum is a brand that specializes in designing handmade products through traditional beading methods. As a member of Opaswayak Cree Nation, Jessica is proud to share her designs with individuals across many nations. She creates handmade beadwork such as earrings, pins, keychains, necklaces, beaded clothing and beaded designs on canvas. Feel free to explore her website ( and discover modern creations inspired by traditional teachings. 

What inspires you to make your art?

FutureKokum's biggest inspiration is the land along with her family, culture and community. Her grandfather was an international photographer who specialized in showcasing Indigenous cultures and peoples across the world. Understanding the beauty and traditional teachings, she hopes to carry these learnings and creations to the future generations. A big reason for the creation of FutureKokum was to donate a portion of its proceeds to Indigenous led charities across Turtle Island. 

Where can people find your work? 



You can find FutureKokum online, in Toronto stores and Toronto Powwows