Dances of the World 2012: 116 Nations under one roof.
(My solo starts at 4:53)
Another Highlight of 2012:
I never thought that I would participate in Miss World and even though I thought I was done with pageants forever, God clearly had different plans. I’ve learned many things along the journey (which I will share later) but one thing that my life has been blessed with is a new understanding of my brothers and sisters who are First Nations people.
I never once before have I thanked them for the time that I have spent growing up on their land. This was their home before it was ours….and I am so grateful to share in the beauty of this vast and magical land. Canada- and her original people, are truly precious.
Today the beauty of Canada’s multicultural nation is that our common shared value is to live together in peace and learn from what each people group has to offer. Yet as time passes on I want to acknowledge and honour Canada’s beginnings and the heritage that we can never forget.
My Native friends have taught me about strength, endurance and sharing wisdom through community. I know I have a lot yet to learn but I’m thankful that I have been welcomed in to continue to share in the journey.
As Miss World Canada- an Ambassador of our nation, I had the opportunity to represent Canada on the World Stage this summer. For the Dances of the World celebration, I wanted the world to also see the beauty of the First Nations cultures and to appreciate it in the way that I do. Although I am not native, I was entrusted with the knowledge of Pow Wow Fancy Shawl Dance by my dear friend, Shadae Johnson and brought into the community through Melaney Lyall. I can’t even begin to express how much it meant to share something so precious with the world.
I hope that we can all respect, appreciate and celebrate in each nation’s heritage and our combined future together. It is my prayer for the future that natives and non-natives will stand strong together- the beauty of Canada.
Miss World Canada 2012