Josée Bourgeois

Josée is an Algonquin First Nations multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Ottawa and raised mostly in Toronto. She began her dance journey as a gymnast and contemporary dancer with training from Flames of Hope. Josée was able to build a strong foundation of passion for stage performance with a drive to bring creation through dance at a very early age. When she began her first year of high school, she was signed to the Ford International modelling agency and began a lengthy journey as one of Canada’s only First Nations high fashion models. At the age of 23, she made a profound decision to begin learning Pow Wow dancing and her life completely shifted through this decision.

Josée has focused her lifestyle over the past 12 years to traveling as a Fancy Shawl and Jingle dress dancer on the Eastern Pow Wow Trail, making roots with her son Little Thunder, creating a positive impact through dance arts on her ancestral Algonquin territory and collaborating with artist like DJ Shub, DJ Classic Roots, and DJ Rise Ashen. Other highlights of Josée’s dancing journey include studying under Victoria Hunt at the Banff Centre, dancing in National Arts Centre’s Wild West Show- Gabriel Dumont Story, and performing
as Kina Nimiwag (Contemporary Pow wow dance troupe) in the opening act for the Backstreet Boys at Ottawa’s Bluesfest 2019. Josée is committed to continuing trailblazing and reclaiming space as an Algonquin Artist all over Turtle Island and across the world.

2019/20 Season: CAMINOS 2019— Mura Buai