March 26th, 2015 Last Updated on: March 26th, 2015
The Miss Universe Canada pageant is an annual competition to see who will be the Canadian representative sent to compete at the Miss Universe pageant. This year there are two First Nations women in the running!
Cree Big Plume is a 24-year-old Tsuu T’ina First Nations woman from the Tsuu T’ina Nation, Alberta. She is a part time database technician completing prerequisites for veterinary medical program entrance. Cree strives to preserve her cultural identity, but values different cultures of the world. While Cree loves her First Nation, she also enjoys the City of Calgary diversity where she currently resides.
Medicine wheel teachings have her striving to balance her life physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. In 2008 she received the Tsuu T’ina Nation Citizenship Award. Since then she has been a recognized role model in her community. She volunteers for the less fortunate, attends leadership training and is a Tsuu T’ina Nation Youth Initiative Program committee member. She also created a community literacy program. Finally, she finds the time to pick up her eight-year-old niece to bake cupcakes for her class.
Cree seeks guidance and teachings from the elder’s of her community. She carries traditional stories, teachings and strives each and everyday to keep her culture alive and well. Cree also believes in preserving the teaching of maintaining a cultural mosaic for all people of the world.
CLICK HERE to Like Cree Big Plume's Facebook Page. It will help put the contestants in the running for the People's Choice Award!
Chayla Delorme Maracle, is a Cree/Mohawk born in Belleville, Ontario but raised in Edmonton, Alberta where she is currently attending the University of Alberta. Chayla is in her third year in the Faculty of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Native Studies. Chayla is a registered band member from Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. Chayla is very active in her Aboriginal culture, she has been Jingle Dress dancing for 13 years which is an Aboriginal cultural dance, she has completed 4 years of the Sun Dancing ceremony, and she practices living a healthy balanced lifestyle through mind, body, and spirit. The First Nations culture teaches universal morals and values such as love, respect, compassion and equality.
Growing up as an Aboriginal has not been easy for Chayla and she identified with these issues while attending her first year of University. She did a large amount of self-reflection and has become educated on many First Nations issues. Chayla discovered the many obstacles that Aboriginal people faced such as the rights of education, the right to practice ceremonies including the ones she practices freely today, and racism. All of these issues which stemmed from colonization and assimilation that the Aboriginal people faced, in Canada’s history.
CLICK HERE to Like Chayla Delorme Maracle's Facebook Page. It will help put the contestants in the running for the People's Choice Award!
The Pageant Presentation Show will be held Thursday, May 21st, 2015 and will showcase all 65+ delegates from across Canada. The top 20 semi-finalists from Thursday’s Pageant Presentation Show will compete for the title of Miss Universe® Canada 2015 in front of a judging panel during The Miss Universe Canada 2014 Pageant Finale Show held Saturday, May 23rd, 2015. Good luck ladies!
Make sure you follow http://missuniversecanada.ca/ for more updates!
Home » Native American Articles » Native American Culture »