Calgary Stampede Indian Village Princess
First Nation: Siksika Nation
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a really easy going person who loves to laugh. I always use humor as a way of breaking the ice when meeting new people, which is great because I tend to usually be super reserved and shy at times.
What does it mean to be the Calgary Stampede Indian Village Princess 2017?
Being the Indian Princess is so much more than wearing a crown and smiling. As the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, my job is to represent Calgary Stampede, 5 Tribes of Treaty 7 (Siksika, TsuuTina, Kainai, Piikani and Stoney), Indian Village and as well, represent First Nations people overall.
It means the world to me to have the opportunity to share my knowledge on the traditional teachings and ways of each tribe, as well as communicating with many different people on the great city I come from, and the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth that we all know as the Calgary Stampede!
How did you acquire this title?
I acquired this title through an intensive competition in which myself and two other girls were judged on a variety of different things; from horseback riding, appearance, traditional knowledge and public speaking. All of which to ensure that the woman who won the title would be able to uphold the many duties of the Indian Princess.
What do you enjoy about being a Princess?
I really enjoy meeting new people. I’m a very introverted person, so to be able to meet and talk with people who all come from a diversity of backgrounds is so great and opening to learning new things! It really helps me step out of my comfort zone and show people who I really am and what I’m really about.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
By the end of my reign I want to become more confident in the person I am, and one day hope to become. My goal is to be able to walk into a room and make a glowing presence where I can show people how beautiful, rich and colorful our First Nations culture is. I want to expose confidence and show other young First Nation woman to never be afraid to reach for your goals and strive for what you want most in life.
Who is your role model and why?
My mom has always been my main supporter, so it’s no surprise that she is and always will be my role model. My mom is one of the strongest most talented women I know and I’m so glad that I get to call her my mom! Everything I have and everything I am is because of my Mom. Without this woman I would not have learned how to do things such as; beading or sewing, personal life skills and even teaching me the ability to just laugh at myself when I’ve made a mistake. My mom is my hero! I I don’t know where I would be without her.
What advice do you have for aspiring royalty?
My advice would be to never worry about what others may be saying or thinking of you. If you have a dream; never let anything or anyone stop you from reaching it. We are all human beings so full of many opportunities just waiting to happen.
“Have courage and be kind” words from Cinderella I fully believe in, these words are strong enough to change things around and make a difference in so many lives.
Don’t ever stop believing in the person you are and hope to become.
(Photo provided by S. Sparvier)