Tansi, my name is Shayla Oulette Stonechild. As a Red River Métis and Nēhiyaw iskwēw (Plains Cree Woman) from Muscowpetung First Nation, I have always been a catalyst for Indigenous youth to unlock their full potential by reclaiming their voices, bodies, and spirits that have been silenced and stolen throughout history. There is a shift happening in humanity right now, and I believe the arts, meditation, movement, and medicine—rooted in an Indigenous worldview—are integral to this transformation.

Strength lies in numbers, but also in unity with all creation. Our mission should be to build bridges, not walls; to offer our hands in guidance rather than turn our backs in indifference. In the true spirit of community and connection, what we do for each other uplifts the spirits of all people.

In a capitalistic, colonialist, patriarchal society where Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people are often invisible or marginalized, sharing our stories, meditation, movement, and medicine becomes an act of decolonization and reclamation of our bodies, voices, power, and spirits. Join me on this journey to amplify what it really means to be an Indigenous woman. Hiy Hiy.