Jason Surkan’s doctoral thesis started with a dream from his elder as she paddled a canoe that showed her bringing her people back to their culture. He shares his ancestor’s journey and an architectural idea to bring his people back to their land.
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Jason Surkan holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.S) from Carleton University. He previously studied Architecture at the University of British Columbia and is currently in his thesis year of his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He is of mixed Canadian Ancestry – Métis, Scottish, Ukrainian and Polish. Jason is a member of Fish Lake Metis Local #108, and the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. He has worked intermittently for Douglas Cardinal Architect. Jason is also an established photographer and has had work published in Canadian Geographic.