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She who walks with Mother Earth - Lavina 

She Who Walks With Mother Earth (Lavina Tuckanow) was a Nehiyaw & Métis Woman from Starblanket Cree Nation who later joined Okanese First Nation with her husband Remie Tuckanow. The granddaughter of Chief Red Dog and daughter of a Métis man from the Qu’Appelle Valley.   She was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and relative to many. Lavina was gifted in many ways and had great knowledge of the land and it’s medicines.  Lavina was an Indian Residential School Survivor. Taken from her home when she was a young child to attend the Lebret Indian Residential School. Many years later Lavina  went back to work as the head chef when the Starblanket community took over the administration from the church. Renowned...

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Pitseolak Ashoona

Pitseolak Ashoona, O.C., created between 7,000 and 8,000 prints and gained national and international respect for her work. An exhibition of her work was shown in three venues in Canada and, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, was shown in five venues in the United States. Pitseolak Ashoona was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974, and in 1977 she received the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian visual arts and heritage.

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Thelma Chalifoux

Thelma Chalifoux was the first Indigenous woman and the first Métis person to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Chalifoux was born in 1929 in Calgary, Alberta. She married at a young age, but at a critical point early in her life, her 4 children were taken away from her in 1958 as‎ part of what is now known as the Sixties Scoop.

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Christi Belcourt

Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people. In addition to her paintings she is also known as a community based artist, environmentalist and advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. Ms. Belcourt was selected to create a stained glass window for the Centre Block of Parliament to commemorate the legacy of Indian Residential School survivors and their families. Ms. Belcourt’s work is also an inspiration to the Italian fashion house of Valentino, which carried a line of haute couture designs based on one of her paintings.

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Regina

Regina Rene King is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and four acting Primetime Emmy Awards, the most ever for a Black performer.She speaks out on issues that are important to her, because when it comes to social justice, Regina believes it's vital to speak out. "We cannot become complacent," she previously told People. After winning an Emmy for her work on Watchmen, not only did she wear a shirt in honor of Breonna Taylor, but she also used her speech to make sure people had a voting plan in place. "I had the opportunity to not wear a gown and . . . a chance...

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