podcast : Shayla Stonechild - story & sacredness
On this episode, I’m joined by Shayla Stonechild, TV host, yoga instructor and workshop facilitator.
Shayla shares the intimacy of healing the now and using the power of the present to heal the past. Shayla opens up about what it means to be a Stonechild, her personal experiences with systemic racism and the force that is indigenous matriarchy.
We discuss the power of individual and collective reconciliation, cultural appropriation in the health and wellness scene and spiritual materialism.
I feel incredibly fortunate that Shayla took the time out of her day to sit down and chat, and not only that, but to open up about things that I should already know. I want to acknowledge the emotional labour that it took for Shayla to educate me and do so in a way that made me feel empowered to make decisions that are appreciating culture, and not appropriating.
I have been fantasizing and dreaming up the day that Shayla Stonechild would come on the podcast… and that day has come. I first met Shayla last summer when we were both in a trauma training and have been creepily following her since then. When Shayla walks into a room, you notice. When Shayla speaks, you listen.
Shayla Stonechild is Plains Cree from the Muskowpetung reserve. However, she resides in Vancouver, BC and is an artist in residence at 'Skwachays Lodge'. She has been acting, dancing and modeling since the age of six. From growing up around her mother's performing arts company, and continuing on to graduate from 'Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.' She has always been active within her community - she has received the titles of 'Metis Youth Ambassador of Alberta', 'Sogo Active Community Host', 'Youth Director of Sunworks Arts & Cultural Society' and was a finalist for 'Miss Teen Canada' - representing her hometown, Medicine Hat.
She wrapped up hosting Season 1 of APTN's 'Red Earth Uncovered' alongside her costar, Tom Jackson. When Shayla isn't filming, she can be found facilitating youth led workshops that focus on suicide prevention and raising kids self esteem through healing of the arts - acting, dancing, modeling and public speaking. Shayla is studying at the 'Vancouver School of Yoga' all while expanding her performing arts portfolio and resume.
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