IKSOKAPI PROFILE: Cree Big Plume, Tsuu Tina Nation
“My intention is to create unity throughout the world and commit my life to creating a peaceful and celebrated cultural mosaic.” -C. Big Plume
IKSOKAPI PROFILE: Cree Big Plume, 24, from Tsuu Tina Nation was selected to compete in this years Miss Universe Canada. Raised in both Tsuu Tina and in Calgary, Cree is busy preparing to compete in the Miss Universe Canada finals scheduled for May 23rd in Toronto, Ontario.
Cree is one of sixty-one ladies from around the country who were chosen as the 2015 National Finalists, an event watched worldwide and organized by the Beauties of Canada Production company who has exclusive rights to send a representative from Canada to the Miss Universe Pageant.
Cree is extremely busy at the moment but is extremely excited and is looking forward to sharing her culture with the world. She remains committed to a regimented schedule which includes fitness training, public speaking lessons and raising awareness for her charity of choice known as Operation Smile, a fundraiser which is being held April 17 at Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre.
I’m an adventurous person with a free spirit, a loving heart, and a caring, kind soul. With that said, I am very driven, hard working and I never give up on anyone or anything! I find myself to be very caring and open to worldly cultures, religions, beliefs and values.
How did you get involved in the pageant?
I was scouted and called to an audition. Upon my audition, I began to learn more about the Miss Universe Canada Organization, and its values, many of which I discovered we shared. By the time I received the call accepting me as a national finalist, I was only too happy to accept and begin my Miss Universe Canada journey.
What inspired you participate in the pageant?
What inspired me to participate in the Miss Universe Canada Pageant was a chance to let the world see me, my culture, my city and how Canada truly is a wonderful, diverse cultural mosaic. It’s also an opportunity to share my beliefs and values in a positive way.
My preparation consists of practising public speaking, fitness training, nutrition, raising awareness for my charity of choice – Operation Smile – (the fundraiser is April 17 at Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre) and connecting with the people of Canada and the world! This includes staying on top of the news and current affairs.
What makes you an ideal contestant?
What makes me an ideal contestant is the fact that I already see myself as a winner. The experience I had in becoming a contestant is a life-changing experience in itself. I am true to my people, my community, my country and myself.
My intention is to create unity throughout the world and commit my life to creating a peaceful and celebrated cultural mosaic. Love and kindness is what I bring to the table and it’s something that will follow me throughout my journey.
One of the challenges that I have encountered is time management. Finding time for my academic studies, working full-time with a lot of responsibilities in the Tsuu T’ina administration office, making time for family and friends, meal prepping, and keeping up with my personal fitness goals, are all very time consuming and challenging to keep up.
I have a supportive home base that offers many helping hands in any way that they can, for which I am most grateful.
What are the benefits?
The major benefit of being in a beauty pageant is it gives me the platform of Miss Universe Canada to speak as a finalist and work for positive changes. One positive change is about showing the world how the Miss Universe Canada pageant has evolved throughout the years. No longer are contestants solely judged on their looks and body.
We are viewed as role models, and therefore judged on many things that make great role models, including our humanitarian efforts, a healthy lifestyle, staying up to date on world events, kindness and being a part of changing the world for the better. By having this experience, I’m able to share my beliefs and values with the world.
My advice for future contestants would be to always be your authentic self, stay positive and recognize that Miss Universe Canada is more than just a pretty face. She is there to aid in worldwide humanitarian efforts, speak on worldly issues and to live a healthy lifestyle that is by choice, and not mandatory. All of my best to all future Miss Universe Canada delegates! I hope I am the first of many more to come from Tsuu T’ina.
For more information on Cree Big Plume, find her on Facebook.