As an Nehiyaw Iskwew from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Stonechild, has always been a catalyst towards Indigenous youth unlocking their full potential. By reclaiming their voices, bodies and spirit 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 medicine is a part of 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 titles of ‘Metis Youth Ambassador of Alberta’ and was a finalist for ‘Miss Teen Canada’ - representing her hometown, Medicine Hat.
Shayla is currently hosting Season 2 of APTN’s documentary series, “Red Earth Uncovered”. She has the opportunity to travel across Turtle Island; uncovering, researching and reclaiming Indigenous legends. When Shayla isn’t filming she can be found facilitating workshops in First Nations communities that focus on life promotion through healing through the arts, meditation, movement (yoga) and medicine (coming back to an Indigenous worldview). She has a history of collaborations but most recently with “Right To Play”, “Lululemon” and “Gathering Our Voices”. At GOV this year she launched “The Matriarch Movement” a meditation and movement practice dedicated to honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
“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.”