Forever Grateful and Fabu-lous!

From the moment I was crowned, my heart has been overflowing with excitement, gratefulness, and pride. Finally, this is my chance to represent the city I love and the one event I look forward to every July, the Calgary Stampede!! I am so honoured to be an ambassador for this Centennial Stampede year. Something else close to my heart is the opportunity I have now as Royalty to be a role model for other girls, especially from my home town of Rockyford.

This has all been a truly amazing experience so far! I really do feel like Royalty now, and this is all thanks to the Royalty Committee members for all their hard work, and to the sponsors who treat us so well! Without our sponsors, the girls and I wouldn’t look like, or feel like Royalty. Last Friday I was able to go and visit Katie from the Fabu Hair Studio. She is the lovely lady that has sponsored us to take care of our hair. Katie was so welcoming; she made me feel at home and offered me some hot tea to warm up, as that Friday was the first day of the first snowfall this year! My hair had needed some TLC after the constant curling and fussing from the competition. A couple hours later, my hair had a complete makeover. After some deep conditioning, color and a trim, I felt like a million bucks! We are not Katie’s first trio, so she knows how to help us take care of our luscious locks. Thanks so much Katie for rescuing my hair!

Check out the Fabu Hair Studio website! www.fabuhairstudio.com

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: October 24 – 30

Halloween’s right around the corner, which means that two of Calgary’s hottest Halloween parties will be returning this week to Stampede Park.  That plus the Foo Fighters drop by on their trip through Western Canada, and The Who’s Roger Daltrey will be performing The Who’s legendary rock opera Tommy in its entirety as well.

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THE START OF AN AMAZING YEAR!

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Well it happened and I still cannot express my shock, my excitement or my gratitude for having been crowned the Calgary Stampede Centennial Indian Princess.

I would like to thank all of those who have made this program for making such a success and all those volunteers on the committee who have worked tirelessly to promote the Indian Princess, Indian Events and really raise the profile of such an extraordinary program. I would like to especially thank the Indian Village presenting sponsor – Penn West Exploration. There are not enough words in this world to express to you how proud, honored and thankful I am to represent the five tribes of Treaty 7 at such an auspicious time.

In my new role as Centennial Indian Princess I am always asked “How does it feel?” to which I’m always thinking BUSY!

Centennial year has already proven to be busy, busy, busy! Although in pageant orientation (which seems a LONG time ago) we contestants were made aware of the schedule and numerous events that we would be attending – it’s one thing to hear and quite another thing to experience! Hot off my crowning buzz I was ushered into Indian Princess boot camp.

My first event was meeting the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo which was such an amazing opportunity. I was in the crowd when Chief Atleo was elected at the Assembly of First Nations gathering – to meet him and have a chance to speak with him was unreal. Chief Atleo provided me with inspiring words of wisdom that reminded me of how important it is to promote my people and be a role model for first nations young women in my community. It is up to every individual in any community to initiate positive change and help to inspire others to do their best and try hard.

It’s been one month with 30 events and I couldn’t be more excited to see what this year will bring. I would like to take this opportunity to really thank the IP committee, my advisors (who really are the heart and soul of this program), the numerous volunteers and our gracious sponsors who give so much and make all things possible. I would also like to congratulate my new royal sisters Stampede Queen Candace Lee, Princess Dani Gariepy and Princess Jessica Manning. I know that we are going to do a great job this year and have so much fun.

I am meeting new people every day, educating many about my culture and the traditions of the tribes of Treaty 7 and encouraging all to attend the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and celebrate 100 years of history. After 100 years, the Calgary Stampede continues to grow and improve upon itself. Not many organizations can claim that honor.

I hope to see you all on my travels, during Stampede and especially in the village this year!

Until next time….

Amelia

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: October 10 – 16

It may have been a quiet long weekend at Stampede Park, but this weekend is jampacked with stuff to do!  Tradeshows and exhibitions are the main theme this week, plus Avril Lavigne drops by for a visit, and this week also sees the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity presented by Wrangler where equine athletes will compete for over $300,000 in cash and awards.

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What’s Happening at Stampede Park: October 3 – 9

On the road to the long weekend here in Calgary, it’s the final week of Cirque du Soleil – OVO at Stampede Park as well as the start of the 2011-2012 NHL season as the Calgary Flames take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener.  Also, Rise Against makes an appearance in Calgary this week at the Saddledome as well.

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