Oki (hello)! These past few months for myself have been very busy and sort of a whirlwind! So instead of giving a detailed story about everything I’ve been up to I’ve decided to give a favourite memory from each month. My favourite memory in January would have to be the visit to Big Rock school in Okotoks. I really enjoy school events and the enthusiasm that the children have.
I danced for the children as well as told them my best Napi story of Napi and the rock. This Blackfoot story tells of how the location where Okotoks is was orginally formed. I also spoke of the importance of story telling in Blackfoot culture and how it helps us keep our culture and teachings alive! School events such as this where I can share with younger generations and educate them a bit on my culture is very rewarding for me and it makes me feel like I’m fulfilling my role in a good way. A big thanks to Big Rock school for having me.
In Feburary I attended the Indspire awards!! This is an awards show that recognizes indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate achievement in their community. It was such a great experience, I definitely want to go again! It was truly inspiring to see all of the accomplishments of First Nations people of all ages! The show itself was so entertaining and beautiful. I also got to meet actors Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess, who are both great role models! I’m a huge fan of Lorne and I think he is hilarious and represents First Nations people in a positive way so it was a real treat to be able to meet him.
Last but not least my favourite memory of 2015 and March I was privileged enough to go to Berlin Germany! I went to represent the Calgary Stampede at ITB which is the worlds largest trade show where countries, tour operators, hotels, and many other service providers were able to showcase their services to consumers and business operators. What an amazing experience that was! The conference took place at a huge convention centre and it hosted over 180 countries. There were so many different cultures being represented, it was beautiful. You can bet in my sparkly purple beadwork and bright dresses I wasnt the only one to stand out!
The city itself was very interesting and historical! I enjoyed roaming the streets of Berlin and taking in all that the city had to offer. This was my first time to Europe and I’m very thankful to have had this opportunity. A big thank you to the people who made this once in a life time trip possible; Calgary Stampede, Tourism Calgary and our wonderful host Lindsey Jardine.