Blood Tribe youth gather to learn about future careers in media, arts

Kainai youth stay busy playing a game of basketball as they wait for their afternoon sessions to begin. They’re on the Blood reserve to learn about future careers in media and the arts.

The First Nation youth ranging from eight to 17-years-old had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, learn about different types of equipment used in media and try their hand at everything from photography to filmmaking.

“This opportunity to mentor and transfer knowledge to the next generation through the arts, through the media, we’re setting up future generations for success,” said Piikani filmmaker Cowboy Smithx.

Kainai Children Services organized the youth summit that took place at Kainai’s multi-purpose building this past week in Standoff, about 200 kilometres south of Calgary.

‘Carve out a larger story’

Smithx was the lead facilitator for the three-day event.

“This isn’t about just this week. We’re trying to build relationships and carve out a larger story” he said.

The event had a variety of workshops that focused on areas like creative writing, film narrative, film documentary, post-production, podcasting, theatre, culinary, culture, and sports.

Organizers invited Indigenous role models from each industry to host different sessions, giving them a taste of working in different fields.

Shayla Stonechild is a TV host for APTN and one of the youth facilitators for the event. (Livia Manywounds/CBC)

“I have a feeling some of these young people someday are going to be producing amazing work in whatever it is they pursue, whether it is music, art, film or writing,” said Smithx. 

“We’re just here to give them their first big step in that direction.”


Shayla Stonechild is a TV host for APTN’s Red Earth Uncovered and one of the youth facilitators for the event.

“Indigenous youth telling their own stories from their own tribe and their own community, it is so important and who better than us to tell the story,” she said. 

Over the course of the three-day event, the TV host worked with youth on owning their gift as natural Indigenous storytellers. 

“Working with Indigenous youth and unlocking their fullest potential through storytelling, through meditation, movement, and medicine — coming back to our Indigenous worldview. And I think it is really important that the kids grow up to realize that they already have it within them, we’re just giving them the tools to unlock what they already have,” said Stonechild.

Katana Fox-Williams is a grade nine student at Cardston high school and a participant in the summit for the past two years. (Livia Manywounds/CBC)

She encourages all Indigenous youth interested in media and the arts to reach their fullest potential by setting goals every day that will create ripple effects.

“If you keep doing that and you’re persistent, next thing you know you’re living your dream,” said Stonechild.

‘It’s really cool’

Katana Fox-Williams is a grade nine student at Cardston High School who has participated in the youth summit for the past two years. 

“I was in the film session and it was a lot of lighting, being on camera, the different set takes and stuff like that. It’s really cool,” she said. 

Fox-Williams is interested in the film industry and aspires to learn more from the summit.

“I do have a lot of opportunities to be who I want to be and just be proud of it,” she said.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

Originally posted 2019-02-23 11:32:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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