Jarrett Martineau is an Indigenous scholar, media maker, writer, journalist, musician, and storyteller. He is a Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Dene Suline from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta.
Martineau has worked extensively at the intersections of music, art, media, technology, and social movements for more than a decade. He holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria, and has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics in New York. His research explores the role of art and creativity in advancing Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.
Martineau, host of Reclaimed on CBC Radio, is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute, a global new music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music. RPM’s mission is to build a visionary community of Indigenous artists and to introduce Indigenous music to new audiences across Turtle Island and around the world. He also co-founded the New Forms Festival, an annual contemporary art and music festival held in Vancouver.
His scholarly research and writing examine Indigenous art, music, and media as emergent forms of political communication. By exploring how Indigenous resistances to colonialism and neoliberal capitalism have changed under globalization, Jarrett’s research pursues new pathways in Indigenous resurgence through the creative arts.
He has worked with VICE Media, MTV World, CBC Radio and Television, NowPublic, Make Believe Media, Elastic Entertainment, and other clients, to produce award-winning content for a global audience across all media. Jarret is also the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Planner for Music.
Indian Summer Festival is delighted to have Jarrett as one of our Indigenous curators.