As a Mètis and Nehiyaw Iskwew (Plains Cree Woman) from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Oulette Stonechild has always been a catalyst for Indigenous youth and women unlocking their full potential and reclaiming their voices. There is a powerful shift happening in humanity right now and Shayla believes the arts, meditation, movement and reclaiming an Indigenous worldview all play apart in amplifying voices to bring upon much needed change.
Shayla is on the forefront of Indigenous women's wellness and in March 2021, she became the first Indigenous woman to be on the cover of “Yoga Journal” magazine across Canada and the United States. 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, Shayla has always been connected and active within her community. In fact, Shayla received the title of the “Mètis Youth Ambassador of Alberta” and was a finalist for “Miss Teen Canada” representing her hometown, Medicine Hat.
On the professional front, Shayla has been hosting a television show and recently wrapped Season 3 of APTN’s “Red Earth Uncovered”. Additionally, she is a trauma informed yoga instructor at "CMMN GRND" with over 500+ yoga teacher training hours and has been named internationally as one of the Top “20 Yoga Instructors of Color to Watch in 2020”. She is also a part of Vancouver's Diversity and Inclusion committee with Lululemon.
Utilizing her skills as a powerful speaker and thought leader, Shayla is the founder of the “Matriarch Movement', a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting Indigenous voices and providing wellness workshops to BIPOC women across Canada. She has partnered with “SNIWWOC” and the“Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto” to make these workshops accessible. Produced by “The Brand is Female,” Shayla also hosts a successful podcast titled "Matriarch Movement" that focuses on amplifying Indigenous women’s voices and how they reclaim their power. The podcast can be heard on Apple and Spotify.
Through her work, Shayla hopes to bring difficult, yet necessary Indigenous topics into mainstream conversations. From impacts of intergenerational trauma to suicide prevention, a cause she has a personal connection to as her father took his life when Shayla was just 16. Suicide is the leading cause of death in First Nations communities, and she's bringing stories to the light and using her platform for future sustainable change in society.
Bridging the need for Indigenous representation and inclusion to the mainstream media and culture, Shayla is often approached by international brands and media. Shayla is an annual brand ambassador for Silk and Telus and has a history of collaborations and partnerships such as: Paris Jewellers, RBC, Audible, Saje Wellness, DoorDash, Sephora, Expedia, John Freida, BC Women’s Foundation, The Body Shop, Lululemon, among others. Shayla has been featured by CTV, APTN,CBC, The Social and ETalk, was on the cover of Yoga Journal as well as featured in Vita, Basenotes and Hello! Magazine.