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My name is Laniece Asapace Fast Moving Eagle Women) and I am the reigning 2019/2021 Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador. I am 15 years old, coming to you from the Kawacatoose First Nation, in Saskatchewan Canada. I am representing my Plains Cree and Saulteaux relatives of the Treaty Four territory. Nikawiy (my mother) is Lerenda Asapace, and we created our home fireplace on the Kawacatoose First Nation
I come from a background of traditional people, my mother and grandparents ensured that I uphold the knowledge of our ancestors. Who I am as a person is a reflection upon culture that I have been born in to.
My name is Maverick Wilson Aka Blue Running Wolf and and I am 13 years old. My Rez Misasawis in Saskatchewan. I was raised in Winnipeg. . I am Wolf Clan 2 spirit and I will be a leader. I live a ceremony life. I am a strong person.
Donald Speidel has been active on the powwow circuit as a dancer, singer and a renowned public speaker and Master of Ceremonies at cultural and corporate events across North America. As a facilitator of cross cultural awareness Don has mastered the celebration of First Nations people through the preforming arts.
He also has an important role with the Saskatoon Public School Division, where he ensures programming is inclusive of First Nation and Metis culture. Through his experiences as an Indigenous person that lives a traditional lifestyle while working in the corporate environment, Don’s current role was created to support the respectful inclusion of First Nations, Inuit and Métis histories, languages, cultures, traditions, protocols and leadership on current issues in order to help Saskatoon Public Schools maintain and improve cultural responsiveness and respect.
Chante & Sage Speidel
Hello my friends and relatives! I greet with a good heart and shake your hand. My name Chante Speidel and singing with me in Sage Speidel. We come from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. We have been singing together for many years and so honoured to be apart of this years education day! Sage held the Manito Ahbee title in 2010 and I held the title in 2018. We dedicate this song to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, gone too soon but never forgotten.
Stay safe and we wish you many blessings from our home fire to yours. Pilamaye
Carl Stone BA. was born and raised by his Grandmother Eliza Stone on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Grandmother Stone was a respected Elder and of the Anishinabe Midewin Society.
For the last 43 years, Mr. Stone is active in the reclaiming of the Anishinabe Spiritual and Cultural ways of the people. In the mid nineteen seventies (1970’s) Carl was one of seven young men of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who played a significant role in bringing back the Traditional Drum and Spiritual Culture to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. After 100 years of silence, the Brokenhead Drum sounded it’s voice again.
For the past Twenty years Mr. Stone works as a Student Advisor and Instructor/Cultural Coordinator for the Indigenous Student Centre at the University of Manitoba. He sits on numerous advisory committees for both the University and the Indigenous Community. Mr. Stone also works as an Elders helper and guest lectures on Traditional Teachings and Spirituality. Carl has been honored to receive an award in recognition of his leadership, mentorship and in creating and promoting a positive work environment at the University of Manitoba and Community. He also received recognition as an Outstanding Role Model by his home community, the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.
Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Growing up, she emerged as a natural storyteller and artist at a young age. Her work reflects her mixed cultural roots, Ojibwe, Saulteax, Russian and Ukrainian. Thomas also draws inspiration from experiences growing up in the inner city and has committed herself to diverse representation in her work.
Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Filmmaking from the University of Winnipeg in 2012. In 2011 she was accepted into Prague Film School’s summer intensive program. Thomas is the only Canadian Indigenous person to ever be accepted to the school. Under production companies Media Rendezvous and Amberwood Films Thomas is currently working as a writer and director on the new pre- school animated series “Wolf Joe” set to begin airing on TVO in 2020. Thomas believes that giving back to the community is a fundamental part of her responsibility as an artist. She often teaches film to inner city and low income youth. In 2016 she was selected as a Tedx Winnipeg speaker and her talk “Arts in the Hood” focused on her journey as an artist and her work as a mentor. For more information on Madison Thomas and her many accomplishments, please visit https://www.madisonthomasfilm.com/bio
Michael Redhead Champagne, born and raised in Winnipeg's North End, is an award-winning community organizer, public speaker, and a proud member of Shamattawa Cree Nation. Michael believes we all have a gift and shows youth the path to discover their own.
Ricky White, Niigonanakud, is Anishinabe from Whitefish Bay First Nations in Ontario, Canada. He is Pizhew or Lynx Clan and is a lifetime member of the renowned drum group, the Whitefish Bay Singers. As a result of growing up on his isolated reservation, Ricky retained deep knowledge of the Anishinaabe language and culture. Those teachings continue to drive his spirit and work today.
Over the last 22 years, Ricky has worked as an Ojibwe Language and Culture Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Education, and Superintendent of Schools. During those experiences, he was exposed to world class professional development, especially in the area of school improvement, school climate, and reaching students that our systems are struggling with. Now, Ricky has shifted his professional career to generously sharing the blueprints of best practices for student success and is working to help turnaround schools, programs and communities. He started a consulting company fittingly called “First Nations Consultants ” and he is now sought after all over Canada and the United States to inspire his methods and messages of enhancing education. His accomplishments go far beyond the schools and classrooms. Ricky has been recognized as the next leader of the Anishinabe Nation of Treaty #3 in his homeland, Minnesota Indian Education Teacher of the Year, Minnesota Indian Education Administrator of the Year, and now a sought after emcee for pow-wows, gatherings, conferences, keynote addresses, radio, television, and other public speaking. Ricky shares Cultural Teachings that will help people in a positive way.
Dr. Mary Wilson
Known to many as Grandmother Of Four Directions and Walks With Wolves. Renowned in Canada and many parts of the world as a spiritual teacher, Spirit Walker, and Healer. Mary's gentle presence has touched many lives over the past forty years helping people heal, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Mary has worked as an Elder at the Circle Of Life Thunderbird House co-creating programs with Elder Mary Richard. She has served as an Elder and Spiritual Care person at Neeginan Emergency Centre (First Nations Homeless Shelter). While she was there, Mary created addiction therapy groups, a literacy program, and a safe place for individuals to lay down their pain. Mary also taught the clientele relaxation techniques to assist in a better way of life. Mary is finished a Ph.D. in Philosophy with Clinical Hypnotherapy as a major. She has also been honoured with two Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy and Divinity. As the founder Core Area Christmas, she orchestrated a dinner and gift giving for thousands of children for many years. Recently she provided support as Elder for the movie We were Children (Residential School survival) and also with the murdered and missing series Taken. She is involved with the inquiry documentary by the federal government,She has been asked by the Province of Manitoba to support as Elder/Therapist for The 60's Scoop (stolen Aboriginal children) to name a few of her accomplished life. Mary is presently working as a Resident Elder Cultural Specialist at Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre and Child and Family Services.