Got on my computer this morning and was excited to see Jaydon Ono's article live on BuzzFeed! Super flattered to have made the cut. You can check out the full list here.
"Cheyenne's Fundraising Campaign"
-There are 100 SQUARES on the poster.
-Each square is sold for $20CDN. You pick a number between 1 and 100, then we will put your information on the card (NAME, ENTRY E-MAIL, PHONE NUMBER).
-You can purchase as many Squares as you like via e-mail money transfer or PayPal payment.
-Once the squares are filled up, we will do the draw on a video post and split the winnings 50/50 between Cheyenne and the winner!
-The winner will be announced on Social Media and will receive $1000CDN via PayPal or to same e-mail the entry fee was sent from.
-E-mail email@example.com with your NAME, ENTRY E-MAIL, PHONE NUMBER.
-Confirm if you will be sending your $20 via E-mail Money Transfer OR Pay Pal Payment.
-Send your $20.
-Confirmation response will be sent.
-GOOD LUCK! =)
Recently my younger sister expressed some very special news: she's decided on her career path as a Dentist!
I consider her smart, funny, and humble. She's a single mother and I watch her work very hard to raise her toddler son every day. She took time off from her education to give him the attention he needs.
Now that she's decided on her dream, it's only a matter of her achieving it! I'm running a fundraiser to gain capital for her to start her at home business - this business will help her save money to move and attend school at a program that provides a support system for single mothers! I'm so proud of her hustling and aspiring toward her career.
Here's a letter from one of my favorite people in the world:
My name is Cheyenne Supernault. I am 19 years old and I had my son when I was 16. I am a single mother and my family has been helping me raise him. I took time off school to focus on him. He is my number one priority and I want him to have a good education and many opportunities and adventures in life, and anything he wants to try and excel in.
Now that he's a little older, I've decided on a career that inspires me and will give us stability and joy. I have decided to become a Dentist and one day open my own Dental clinic! I am interested in both Science and Art, and my research has shown Dentistry will be a solid choice.
I am in the process of getting my paperwork together in order to start up my at home business. Being self-employed will give me the time I need to do well in school. This will be my consistent income while I am working towards my degree.
My sister Roseanne is an experienced in Social Media Management and running an at home business. She will be training me and helping me with my at home business. I need start up capital in order to get this process started.
Any contributions you make will help me on my way to building a healthy future for me and my son.
Rules & Regulations:
*Draw will be done with the utmost transparency with the winner picked on video and posted on social media. Cheyenne's 3 year old son will be choosing the winner for the draw!
**Open to all entrants. We come from a small community with many relatives in the community and all are allowed to participate.
***This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This contest is open to all ages and residents in CANADA and the USA.
My Indigenous brothers and sisters who are debating whether or not to vote today in the Canadian Federal Election, consider this: there was a reason our ancestors had a Chief for times of peace and a Chief for times of war. Because tougher decisions had to be made when our livelihood was being threatened.
I respect our sovereignty and our decision to remain sovereign and not participate in a foreign settler government, if that's how you perceive them. But today of all days, please use your right to vote not as a form of assimilation, but as a form of warrior-ship.
For decades (and still), Indigenous women have either been murdered or stolen or shipped off to the sex trade, because it's known that no one will come looking for them.
They hope and pray to Creator that someone will think of them, that someone will come and save them. And yet we have the privilege to sit and do nothing as a conceived act of "sovereignty" on the precipice of change?
On the eve when Canada can finally have a Government that will have a respectable relationship with the original people of Canada? Who will acknowledge not only our plight as Indigenous people, but our women who are missing or murdered?
I vote because right now, an Indigenous sister is out there being violated and begging the Universe for someone to come and save her.
An inquiry won't solve everything, but it send a message to rapists, murderers, kidnappers, pimps, sex ring leaders: Indigenous women matter.
I know how important the 2015 Canadian Federal election is to you, so I provided some helpful tools that aide in political literacy.
I split it into 2 simple sections: 1) Figure out who to vote for. 2) How to vote. The links below simplify the process and help you to be the empowered, politically savvy person we all know you truly are behind that smokin' Instagram selfie <3
WHO TO VOTE FOR...
"I just wanna vote Stephen Harper out."
Lead Now has created the Vote Together website, which offers an easy tool to find out which Candidate in your Riding is most likely to win over a Conservative Candidate.
They just released the 31 Battleground ridings where Conservatives could win, only due to progressive "vote splitting" between the Green, Liberal, and NDP parties. Most of these ridings are in Ontario and BC.
By "voting together," Canadians can strategically give their vote to the most popular Canadidate to ensure Stephen Harper doesn't get voted back into power.
"I have some ideas, but I don't know which party platform suits me best."
The Vote Compass is an Electoral literacy application that estimates the alignment between your politics and the policy platforms of the parties.
It's dope to see where you actually stand in the political landscape - oh, and you can see the results in 3D!
"Strategic Voting sounds complex and it's kinda turning me off from voting at all."
Strategic voting was a bit complex for your parents and grandparents. But now with nifty internet tools...
Girl, if I can figure this out, you can figure this out. Let's break it down (strategic voting, not your heart).
Instead of progressive voters splitting their votes into the 3 progressive parties (read: not Conservative) you vote for the most popular progressive MP Candidate in your Riding. This way, it will feel like your vote counts when more progressive MPs (not Conservative) take spots in the House of Commons.
Girl, you're looking more politically savvy already ;)
HOW TO VOTE...
Voting as a Student (how to register, which riding you register for, voting while studying abroad, what to bring to the polling station, etc).
The Oct. 19 vote will be the first in which all millennial voters (aged between 18-35 this year) will be old enough to cast a ballot. If you’re one of them, you and your peers represent more than 20 per cent of the population, making you a force to be reckoned with should you choose to head to the polls.
1) Check ereg.elections.ca to see if you're already registered.
2) Also use ereg.elections.ca to register to vote and to update your address. If you are registering for the first time, it will ask for the number of your Driver's Licence or Provincial/Territorial ID.
3) Girl, I know you're into that traditional mason jar coffee-lightbulb-candle holder lifestyle. You can also register at your local Elections Office. Find one on ereg.elections.ca
4) Work that ballot. Remember to bring your ID (proof of address and government ID) on the big day.
It's easier than ever to vote! For more info, check out:
I recently had the honor of speaking on the issue of Cultural Appropriation on CBC Radio's New Fire series with Lisa Charleyboy (EIC at Urban Native Magazine), who is hosting and curating various discussions relating to First Nations topics. If you tuned in, you heard us talking about my experience in approaching Cultural Appropriation in a boutique. By trying to have a discussion about appropriation, I found myself kicked out of the shop.
If you didn't get a chance to hear it on air, you can listen to the podcast and read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1SL2Mlb
"So what happens when you find yourself in a store full of fake mukluks and beaded bandanas? How do you approach that conversation? Roseanne Supernault is Metis-Cree is from the East Prairie Metis Settlement in Alberta, and is best known as one of the stars of the APTN series Blackstone.
When Roseanne moved to Vancouver, she felt good about how indigenous people were represented in the city. But that all changed one morning when she was out shopping... and was confronted by a hot-pink display consisting of a tipi and fake mukluks. But when she asked the shop owner to explain the display, things took a turn.
"He said, verbatim: 'that's none of your damn business, and I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store now'."
After being asked to leave, Roseanne wondered why the conversation became so heated so quickly.
'Being told you are being racist can be something really difficult to deal with, and I feel for people who experience that'.
'That doesn't make him a bad person, it means we need to have an educated conversation. It means we have to talk about it.'" -excerpt from the New Fire CBC Article.
In retrospect, the time it took for this story to come out was required. It was last year that this incident occurred, and I found myself feeling violated by simply trying to have a simple and educated conversation about Cultural Appropriation.
It is incredibly challenging as an Indigenous person to speak out and use your voice when you're all alone in racially driven situations - especially coming from a life of oppression and trying to reason with someone who represents the oppression itself.
The past few years, I have seen an incredible wave of outspoken activists on social media who are speaking out on issues ranging from Cultural Appropriation to Feminism to Black Lives Matter. And although it's inspiring and motivating to see so many people coming together on a platform that did not exist a decade or so ago, it's still frustrating to come up against ignorance constantly.
It's exhausting having to constantly explain your existence as a minority and to try be human in a world that has dehumanized your demographic for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Seeing my story air on the radio is a form of healing. It's a way for people to have further understanding on First Nations life and the things we go through and have to consider on a regular basis. And the more that we listen to one another as human beings and have educated discourse on very real issues, the better off we'll be as one human race.
CBC's New Fire with Lisa Charleyboy airs weekly on Tuesdays at 9:30am on CBC Radio One. Read more articles, listen to the podcasts, and join the conversation: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/newfire
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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words... So what will accurate photographs of the people of every 562 Federally recognized Tribes in the United States say about Native Americans? The answer to that question is the journey that my contemporary and friend Matika Wilbur is on. She is currently in the third year of "Project 562" and earlier in 2015 I had the pleasure of being photographed by her while both of us were traveling through Phoenix, Arizona.
The experience of working with Matika was one I haven't felt before. I've always loved to be in front of cameras - I remember jumping up and down in glee and turning into a pseudo TV show host when I came home at 14 to see my sister holding a camcorder in her hands - but with performing in front of cameras professionally there often comes a pressure to "get things right," a mentality that can send any artist down a path of self-destruction. For me, it's cathartic to get in front of a camera and find myself living in the moment, surrendering the ego to make way for the true self.
Anyone who gets in front of cameras regularly can tell you that the person behind the camera, guiding you and capturing the moment, is one of the most important ingredients in the chemistry of a photoshoot. It takes a particular kind of individual to get you to be yourself in front of a camera; Matika Wilbur is one of those individuals.
As I sat with her at the kitchen island of her home, I was gently prodded by inspiration and reminded about what it takes to be an artist. She let me sit in with her as she perused sleeves of prints, selecting those that would be presented at her next show. I watched. I learned. I admired. Matika not only taught me new skills about vision, but I could see that hers was something attained through years of dedication to her education and resilience through peer criticism in her studies, which adds to the magic of her process.
It's not everyday that a subject of photography gets to sit with and learn about the conduit behind the lens. It's not everyday that one sees the dedication, commitment, and vulnerability of someone who is bringing life and words to an image that has been stereotyped and denigrated ad nauseam since European contact; the image of Native America.
Many of us want success - to experience the palpable joy of fulfilling our dreams - but most aren't willing to sacrifice the time and energy to commit to that dream. It's really neither here nor there, for everyone has the right to choose their own path. But there's something to be said about the ones who endure in pursuing their vision. There's something to be said about the work ethic that Matika has inherited and maintained throughout her life.
The current generation is one referred to as the "7th generation," a generation that was prophesied about by many great Native Chiefs and visionaries of centuries past. But we did not understand fully the turbulent strife of the dance between two worlds: somehow surviving and thriving in the guilt ridden Western culture that persistently ignores the existence of Native people; while also given the responsibility of carrying on the traditions and culture of our Native ancestors amidst the generational trauma of our own people.
Matika exudes the capability of doing this dance by not only living the versatile life of an artist, but by carrying on traditions and doing work for Native people that fundamentally shifts the paradigm regarding Native American people. Recently, Matika was the recipient of a $157,000 grant from the Surdna Foundation; the largest grant given to the 15 recipients selected from 1000 applicants. But in my eyes, Matika's vision of seeing Native American people in their true light takes precedence over a dollar figure; although it could not be brought to fruition without support from said dollar figure.
"Indians chase the vision, white men chase the dollar." -Lame Deer
Being the descendants of culturally and traditionally oral story tellers, we as Native people carry our stories in our bodies; in our very being. Now that we have adopted some tools from Western culture, such as photography, we (as we are known to do) have added our own Indigenous flair to our practices, our disciplines, our walks that we make our own. And in this particular walk of life, I have the great privilege of witnessing a tremendous woman, a true artist, and a soulful being filled with laughter and humor as she moves forward deliberately, transforming pain and adversity into beauty and honesty; affecting not only her Indigenous relations, but creating a ripple effect in the consciousness of our whole world.
For more information on Matika Wilbur of Project 562, visit: www.project562.com
It was 4 years ago that I booked the title role of “Maina” in a feature film based on the novel. Since then it has been a rollercoaster ride of film production, anticipation, film festivals, and through it I have garnered a wonderful support base and following on social media.
On this set I had the privilege of working with veteran performers Tantoo Cardinal and Graham Greene. Both of them have so much to offer, not only the film, but their contemporaries as well. Here I was able to spread my wings as an artist and broaden my horizons.
In celebration of my supporters, I am going to be starting another series of giveaways. This one is being hosted on my Facebook Page through Gleam and ONE lucky winner will receive (1) DVD of Maina!
"In the aftermath of a bloody confrontation between her band, the Innu tribe, and the Inuits, the “Men from the Land of Ice”, MAÏNA, daughter of Grand Chief Mishte-Napeu, finds herself on a mission that will change the course of her life. In order to fulfill a promise made to her friend Matsii as she lay on her deathbed, MAÏNA has to follow the trail of her enemies to retrieve Nipki, Matsii’s 11-year-old son who has been captured by the Inuits. She is taken captive herself by Natak, the Inuit clan’s leader, and forced to travel with them to the Land of Ice.
Taking place before contact with Europeans, MAINA introduces us to two fascinating civilizations that founded America."
-Garnered Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress at American Indian Film Festival.
-Garnered Best of Festival, Best Director, Best Actress.
-Nominated for 6 Canadian Screen Awards.
-Nominated for the Golden Goblet Award at Shanghai International Film Festival.
The healing journey is a continuous one. And recently this has become quite apparent to me! Although I create goals for myself and consider myself an ambitious individual, I find that once I reach the top of one mountain, there's another mountain waiting there for me.
I like to think that I just scaled a mountain and I'm catching my breath right now.
And although stopping and actually smelling the roses can seem counter-intuitive to the rat race lifestyle, I believe it's one of the most important endeavors we as humans can take the time to pursue. This is where a true discovery takes place; of the self and our oneness as a whole.
By taking some time to slow down my life and actually focus on my well-being, it creates space for clarity to see and reflect. I've found that by creating this space to do not too much of anything, old memories and specific dreams started to come into my path. And, oddly enough, old photographs and social media profile posts came with it.
Seeing these past forms of myself and my lifestyle helped me to see where I am today and to reassess where I am and where I intend to go. This is not something I could possibly achieve if I was still "go, go, go," as many of us tend to to...
Upon one of my nostalgic meditations, I recalled an enlightening moment I had some years ago when I first moved to my current city (which at the time was a huge deal to me). I saw a quote or photo and was inspired by the reflection of the moon in a lake at night... If the water is full of movements and currents, the moon could not possibly see itself clearly in that reflection.
It could perceive it's form and maybe get a sense of itself, but not as much as it could if the lake was still, thus providing clarity.
Taking time to breathe and heal and relax has given me the very special opportunity to ask some very important questions about myself and my own life; and I will be healthier for it. In this analogy, the lake is my life, my environment, my relationships, and the moon is myself. Finding more stillness and seeing myself more clearly allowed for me to recalibrate myself and therefore my perception of the world around me.
Some of this time was spent traveling, which was great for objectivity. Some of it was spent in nature, and some at home. I also spent time going out and having fun - but it was in new social circles. I had the opportunity to visit old friends and childhood friends. It was actually something quite special and I am grateful for it.
So with that being said, I encourage you to scale your mountain, to pursue your dreams, and to live a life true to yourself; but remember to recalibrate. Remember to stop and catch your breath. Remember to remember! Your younger self may actually surprise you...
I just finished up a meeting with my friend Emma. Her and I both do circuit training and boxing (amongst other things) at the same gym. We've been getting together recently to discuss how we can make our contribution to the #SaveTheBees campaign. Also, today marks the launch of my new YouTube channel “Next Gen TV” (Which you can subscribe to here: http://bit.ly/1G6J940 ).
I honestly feel scared about my new found path. Interestingly enough, I'm not so scared to admit that. It's taken a lot for me to journey to this point and although everything always feels like it should be bigger than it may be in the grand scheme of things, it's about taking one step at a time; putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.
Fear can be suffocating, so I try to look at it like a compass. It doesn't rule my life. It indicates to me what needs doing, because often that's what scares the crap out of me. Then I move toward it with love, passion, and umm... Still a little bit of fear, cuz #human. But I get'er done for the most part :)
I've been putting a lot of effort into the relaunch of my website, Next Gen TV, and the Love Rosie blog. My website used to serve the function of showcasing my acting portfolio, but as I go along my path everything starts to expand and evolve. And to my pleasant surprise it's growing to include passions borne from my childhood.
It can be scary, because it's unfamiliar and it's challenging to break out of more or less archaic mindsets of what my life “should” look like in accordance with old success paradigms... But I see adaptation as a necessary conduit of my personal success, which will ultimately lead to overall wellness. So I must let go.
I'm learning more about myself as I go along. I'm learning that what happens in life is a succession, making moves step by step and not being overly concerned with the results. I notice that when I focus too much on what the outcome may be, I lose sight of the process itself – and the secret of secrets is that process can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life. And most often, enjoying the process usually yields optimal results anyway. This endeavor in particular is the pinnacle of a process that has been playing out for several years.
I'm going to paint a little picture for you here... when I was in high school, I played provincial handball for Alberta, Canada. And one way for us to score a goal was to run a “succession” offensively until we broke the defense down. I'm not going to get into the intricate details of handball, but I'll describe it briefly.
Basically there's a goalie protecting the net (imagine a small soccer net), with one team creating a defensive half circle around a boundary to add extra protection for the net. The other team surrounds them in a half circle offensive and passes the ball between one another until a gap is created in the defense – then an attempt is made at scoring. (This strong defensive form is similar to the one my father and brothers formed around me during my teen years to ward off dating prospects. Kidding! Sorta...)
I feel like over the years I have been running a succession.
I have been overcoming obstacles, sifting through relationships, moving continuously until I found a gap within the defense to move my way through. Perhaps you can see too that the defensive aspect of handball is much like an aspect of the psyche; it's inner resistance.
Ultimately, resistance comes from within, so any external resistance observed in the physical world is a reflection of resistance within the self. Now, you don't always score the goal in life, but in doing this succession you create opportunities. Thus, I have been creating opportunities for myself and I aim for personal success by sharing my journey through writing and film making.
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” -Zig Ziglar
I may feel scared when I break the defense and I attack the gap to score, but I also have to remember that I've been working to this for a very long time. I have been preparing. And I have to trust that preparation. I've always loved to write, to create, to act, to inquire, to travel, to network, and the list goes on. I'm a bit of a jack of all trades. And I'm at a point in my life where I want to channel my creativity in such a way that other people can share in and experience it with me.
I have kept busy with various projects and endeavors, but along the way I wanted to find my core purpose of doing this blog and launching a YouTube channel. More important than the function of putting my voice out there was establishing the foundation of where my purpose was coming from. I wanted it to come from my heart. And now I know that it is.
It has generally been of the utmost priority to express the Indigenous experience in a truthful light; and while I used to be driven by the idea that I needed to change the way that others see First Nations People, it suddenly came to mind through personal experiences that we also need to prioritize changing how we perceive ourselves as First Nations people - to embrace and experience our humanity as it is.
So now, instead of focusing on shedding light for others and breaking stereotypes of how First Nations are viewed, I realized that that's not where true healing for our people would come from. In my eyes the true healing for our people will be in how we see ourselves, how we define our character, and experiencing our humanity without so much concern for how others view us.
I'm not saying that to disregard inter-cultural relationships, or the work being done between individuals of varying backgrounds, or the work of the human beings in general to create a better world; but I feel it is inherently vital that we as Indigenous people focus on healing how we see ourselves and how we relate to one another - this, I feel, will also relate to other people of various cultural backgrounds.
I will discuss this topic further in other blog posts, but for now know that the basis of my intent is coming from a good place and the conscious hope of healing for all. I want to create a proponent of that fire by voicing my own experience as an Indigenous person. To light a fire under the collective ass, so to speak ;)
I actually learned this lesson from being bullied and being a target of lateral violence. That will be another post on it's own... I have learned to transform negativity into positivity in my life. I believe this comes from facing adversity consistently from a young age, which fostered in me a propensity for learning lessons from darker aspects of life, changing them into positives, and moving forward with knowledge gained.
By experiencing lateral violence, I learned one of the most important lessons of life thus far; that how I perceive myself and the world around me carries immense value in my experience of humanity, more so than how others perceive me or project upon the world around themselves. I do not control other people's perceptions of me. I control very little in this physical plane, next to nothing really, other than my own thoughts and choices. So I had to find the strength inside of myself to stay positive, focus on the light, and persevere.
These are what I consider to be universal themes that are simply experienced on a spectrum of intensity in various places all over the world. Indigenous people are not the only ones to have these human experiences, because ultimately we all are born of the same human race. And this is what I wish to explore through my blog and in doing so being inclusive of all human beings and our experiences.
My experience is quite relative in the bigger picture, even in relation to the Indigenous experience. And like any other one individual human being, I do not and cannot have all the answers. That being said, there are various avenues and facets of life that I wish to explore and communicate with you about; for now, my chosen platforms are social media, blogging, and film making. So in the words of Captain James T. Kirk...
“I don't know what I should do, I only know what I can do.”