As an Nehiyaw Iskwew (Plains Cree Womxn) from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Stonechild, has always been a catalyst towards Indigenous youth and womxn unlocking their full potential. By reclaiming their voices, bodies and spirits that have been silenced and stolen throughout history. There is a shift happening in humanity right now and she believes the arts, meditation, movement and reclaiming an Indigenous worldview is a part of amplifying that shift.
From growing up around her mother’s performing arts company, and continuing on to graduate from “Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts” and “Vancouver School of Healing Arts”. She has always been active within her community. She has received the title of “Metis Youth Ambassador of Alberta” and was a finalist for “Miss Teen Canada” representing her hometown, Medicine Hat. Shayla is a yoga instructor at "CMMN GRND" and has over 500+ yoga teacher training hours and is currently listed internationally as one of the Top “20 Yoga Instructors of Color to Watch in 2020”.
She is the founder of the “Matriarch Movement'' a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices through story, meditation, movement and medicine. Recently, she wrote an article that received over 15,000 shares titled “Reclaiming Our Roots” for Jillian Harris on Canada day. It spoke about the history of Canada with Indigenous people and how to move forward in a path towards reconciliation.
Shayla has a history of collaborations and partnerships such as: Royal Bank of Canada, Right To Play, Saje Wellness, DoorDash, Function of Beauty and Lululemon. Shayla has been interviewed by ETalk and The Social. As well as featured in Vita, Basenotes and Hello! Magazine.
“Through our Indigenous way of knowing - we have each been given a toolkit from the creator and we are meant to share it will all of society. To come together to unite and learn from each other. I hope to be a part of the waves of transformational change.”