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Oki (Hi), my name is Shaylene Scarrett. I’m twenty-one years old, and I’m a proud Niitsitapi from Siksika Nation, Alberta; a reserve that is a part of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Treaty 7. I’m a Blackfoot poet and youth leader. Since finding a voice in writing poetry a year and a half ago, I have shared my gift at many community gatherings and events within Calgary. My poetry is inspired by my own personal experiences and adversities I faced in life as an Indigenous woman. Sharing my poems in a public space allows me to be a voice and bring awareness to the issues many Indigenous people face today. I’m recognized as a leader in my community for surpassing intergenerational trauma barriers by choosing to walk the red road, carrying on my Elders traditions and values, and continuing with my education career. In 2017, I was one of twelve Indigenous youth to receive a Southern Alberta Indigenous Youth Award (SAIYA award) for my contribution in building bridges between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people in Treaty 7. Currently, I am working towards starting my undergraduate studies in Psychology in the next coming year at Mount Royal University.
As a chosen leader for the Calgary Youth Reconciliation Initiative Team with Canadian Roots Exchange, I’m honoured to have this opportunity to provide a sense of community in Calgary for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people by sharing history, identity, and culture. I’m looking forward to being a part of the 2018/2019 Calgary YRI team.
Oki, niitsinkasiim, Jess Solway, I am from Siksika Nation of Treaty 7, we niitsitapi (The Real People) are apart of the Blackfoot Confederacy. My grandparents from my father’s side are Adam and Rosie Solway, on my mothers side they are Leo and Maureena PrettyYoungMan. I am currently working as a Youth Worker under Alberta’s only SN7 Youth Program, Siksika Nike 7. I am currently enrolled into Calgary’s Mount Royal University, set to achieve my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, I then plan on continuing my education until I achieve a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I aspire to bridge the gap between Indigenous youth and non-indigenous youth because this connection at a young and impressionable age is important to attain a sense of understanding between the two parties. I believe with understanding, it can evolve into better communication, and with communication you can better achieve reconciliation!