Shania is a twenty-year-old Indigenous Rights Activist, Blogger and Youth Motivational Speaker. In August 2014, She started her blog, to raise awareness on Indigenous Rights in Canada. But soon that turned into writing about awareness on Mental Health, Truth and Reconciliation and Youth Empowerment.
“I remember sitting in the audience of our ‘Mini WE Day’ my school hosted, listening to a speaker who found her voice through blogging. She was then only 10 years old, I had two options.
- To let her success make me feel bad about my self for not doing enough. or,
- Let her success help ignite my spark and figure out how I can use my voice to help change the world.”
Shania also turns her written words into actions and is a youth motivational speaker. Shania lends her voice to organizations that she is passionate about and has become a speaker for We Day, a stadium-sized event to inspire thousands of youth to be the change they wish to see in the world. Shania also donates her voice to the United Way Speaker’s Bureau – speaking to various businesses and organizations about how United Way funded agencies helped shape her into the person she is today.
Shania has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to find their spark, light it up and keep it going. Shania is an Active Volunteer at 7 different organizations. A Youth Ambassador for the NorWest YouthHub, the Bear Clan Patrol Inc, Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S) and the Youth against Mental Illness Stigma (YAMIS)
One of my favourite quotes is actually an African proverb; “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together” Just like that proverb, we can’t go as far without support.
Here are a few of the quotes that Shania lives by:
- “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King, Jr
- “The purpose in life is to contribute in some ways to making the world a better place.” -Robert F. Kennedy
Through her own search for role models, Shania has become a role model herself. In her journey to “Imagine the Possibilities” and to continue inspiring other young people to “Be the Change that they wish to see in the world.”