Profiles

Up Close and Personal with Actor Lorne Cardinal

If you’ve ever watched the Emmy-nominated comedy Corner Gas, you may recognize Lorne Cardinal who played Sgt. Davis Quinton, an overly-sensitive police officer who is one of only two police officers in the small town of Dog River. Like many Canadians of my generation, I am familiar with CTV’s Corner Gas  and I was really looking forward to speaking directly with the multi-talented actor and director. I was pleasantly surprised when he walked ... Read More »

2019-2020 Miss Indian World – Cheyenne Kippenberger

“On the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019, before a sold-out crowd of 10,000+ attendees, including a record 3,600+ registered dancers, Cheyenne Kippenberger, 23, was crowned the 36th Miss Indian World.” – Gathering of Nations A  member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Cheyenne Kippenberger was one of 17 contestants competing for the prestigious title. She impressed the judge’s panel throughout the four-day competition, and as a result she is ... Read More »

Indigenous Women Leading the Way at Red River College

“Truth and Reconciliation requires strong Indigenous female leadership. There is no reconciliation without Indigenous women leading the path forward,” says Rebecca Chartrand, Executive Director, Indigenous Strategy at Red River College. “One thing I always tell my 16-year-old daughter is I’ll know when we’ve reached reconciliation when I never have to say she was the first; when I don’t have to ... Read More »

Jaris Swidrovich Shares his Views on Education

A member of Yellow Quill First Nation from Saskatchewan, Canada, Jaris Swidrovich is a popular speaker and educator for the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau (IISB) and at just 32 years of age, he has much wisdom to impart. His passion for health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at local, provincial, national and international levels has driven his continuous education journey. Jaris ... Read More »

Brigette Lacquette

Since her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018 last February, Brigette Lacquette has earned her spot amongst some of the greats in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and has become a well known name in the world of hockey and amongst the Indigenous community. A defenceman for Team Canada, Lacquette and fellow Indigenous athlete Jocelyne Larocque (of Métis heritage) helped Team Canada to a silver medal in Women’s Hockey in ... Read More »

UA Canada Spotlight: Carley Rabbit

As a first year UA Steamfitter apprentice with UA Canada, Carley Rabbit  is the first Pipefitter in her family. She is also the first person in her family to work on a major project at the new school in her community of Paul First Nation (Alberta, Canada) where she will be installing piping. There is so much pride that comes along with the contribution to a project that will benefit ... Read More »

UA Canada Spotlight: Daniel White

Daniel White  realized how rewarding a career in the unionized construction trades could be when he started out as a first-year apprentice plumber at 34 years old. From the in-depth training, attention to safety, pension, benefits and paid education, the UA has supported him every step of the way. The craftsmanship and pride that goes into this type of work has shown White that a career in the construction trades ... Read More »

SAVVY SIMON

The StarMetro Halifax recently published an article highlighting the success of Indigenous businesses throughout Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Quebec). The article revealed that Indigenous entrepreneurs have been injecting millions of dollars annually into Atlantic Canada’s economy, with ninety-four percent of their earnings going back into the same regional economy through the ... Read More »

Kelly Chinchilla: Up-and-Coming MMA Athlete

Kelly Chinchilla, a band member of Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba (with Polish and Métis ancestry), is not one to sit still. A single mom at the age 20, Chinchilla raised her daughter, while working full-time as an educational assistant; studying to become a teacher through the CATEP program, a partnership between the University of Winnipeg and the Seven ... Read More »

The 2018 Indspire Awards

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the 2018 Indspire Awards represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its people. Throughout 25 years, the Indspire Awards have honoured 350 First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals who demonstrated outstanding achievement in their fields. The show is a nationally broadcast celebration of culture, showcasing the diversity of Indigenous people in Canada and including ... Read More »

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