2018 Youth Speaker’s Competition Winner
Chante Speidel spoke at the ThinkIndigenous Conference. Soon after, she spoke at Marian Graham Collegiate. Teacher Marla Gordon wrote and shared the following:
“I am so delighted that Chante Speidel agreed to present to our students at Marion Graham yesterday and I was lucky enough to get a pic with her. She is an amazing young woman and a powerful speaker. She is honouring Indigenous women and girls in her role as Miss Manito Ahbee. Here are some of her wise words…
“Tansi! Han mitakuyepi, anpetu kin cante mawaste na napeciyuzapi. Cunku luta Wiconi Waste Win lakoliyapi emaciyapi. Wasicu caje mitwa Chante Speidel. Hello my friends a…nd relatives, on this day with a good heart I extend a hearty handshake to each of you. My given name is Chante Speidel and my Lakota name is Good Red Road of life woman. I am from treaty four territory of the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. I am the daughter of Deanna Speidel and Donald Speidel, my mother is a member of the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and my father is from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
As the youth ambassador for Miss Manito Ahbee, my goal is to promote learning about culture, language and bring awareness to MMIWG Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls, and share the memory and loss of Lorna Blacksmith. I have met so many families of missing and murdered women and girls that touched my heart and shared stories with me about their lost loved ones. I also have had the chance to meet many different youth ambassadors from all over Canada and the USA.
I would like to thank all the talented ribbon skirt makers who helped me during this year, as I committed to wear a ribbon skirt everyday to honor MMIWG.
I am entirely grateful I had the opportunity to represent Miss Manito Ahbee all over “Powwow Country”. Also very thankful for all the experiences it brought me this year and the knowledge I know I have gained from holding this title. I traveled far and near to bring awareness for this title and have worn ribbons skirts everyday. I am so happy I made it this far and hopefully have impacted many.
With this title I have had the opportunity to share that Indigenous peoples are leaders and role models. This was one amazing year full of memories and great people. I can not wait to see who the next young lady is to have the privilege of carrying this title in 2018-19.
Lastly, I honor the Lorna Blacksmith family and I thank those whom have helped me along the way….”
By: CHANTE SPEIDEL