Tracie Leost is a Métis young woman. Tracie delivers speaking servcies under the social enterprise Waanishka. For information on service pricing contract Tracie directly.
OUR SERVICES TEAM
"A short first person introduction that speaks to the team member's ancestry and their areas of expertise, most common, specialized, and/or preferred services. There is at least one more line of text."
HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THEIR PROFILE.
She / Her
Métis, Indigenous, Woman, Youth
Health and Wellness, Indigenous Identity and Rights, Métis Identity and Rights
FedStarter Co-Lead at Prairire Federal Council, Student Policy Analyst at Indigenous Services Canada, Student Program Officer at First Nations Inuit Health Branch Saskatchewan
Founder + Managing Director
She / Her
Mohistikinis (Calgary, Alberta)
A SHORT BIOGRAPHY
GET TO KNOW THEM A BIT BETTER.
At just twenty one years old, Tracie Léost is a young Métis leader, activist, and track and field athlete from St. Laurent, Manitoba in Treaty 1 Territory. In 2014, Tracie won three bronze medals under the Métis flag at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In 2015, she embarked on the MMIW Journey of Hope, a 115 kilometre run in four days to raise money and awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. She raised over $6,000 and began leading a global conversation about violence against women. She is a decorated Indigenous athlete, and a young person who takes pride in her community and people. Tracie raises awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, she makes safe spaces for young people, coaches hockey teams for Indigenous youth in care, she runs marathons and patrols regularly with White Pony Lodge.
Tracie is a Social Work Student at the University of Regina and Gabriel Dumont Institute, where she holds excellent academic standing and was named one of the Universities most promising undergraduate students. It is evident that Tracie embodies the strength of our young women who are leading the way for our next seven generations. Tracie is the recipient of the Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and the YWCA Women of Distinction – Gerrie Hammond Memorial Award of Promise. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Young Humanitarian Award and the Manitoba Hero Award. In 2018 Tracie was the recipient of the Indspire Youth Metis Award, the highest honoured bestowed upon Indigenous people. In February, Tracie was inducted in the Order of Gabriel Dumont Bronze Medal, one of the Métis Nations highest civilian honours.
BEYOND THE BIOGRAPHY Q+A.
How does your lived experience and identity contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
Lived experience brings a unique voice to the conversation, having the opportunity to learn from someone who has endure, grew through struggle or has over come challenges closes the gap between learner/knowledge maker and teacher/knowledge keeper. the struggels i've overcome and challenges I have face are not unique and I feel that is what is important to show that, i was just young indigenous girl form the rez who grew up in such a disfuctional life of abuse, acholo and drugs, to droping out of highschool only to use these challenges i've faced to uplift me to break cycles for myself, my family and my children.
How does your institutional and non-institutional education contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
I've been a language learner since the age of 8 years old, I acknowledge i'm very blessed to have grown up in my traditional home lands to learn my language, culture and traditions. there are many knowledge keepers in my life that i continue to learn from.since growing up in community I've only worked for Indigenous Organizations/business and these experience has been a huge factor in why i wanted to be the first in my family to attend university. I am in my second year of my undergraduate program, BA in Sociology and Political Science.
How do you advance climate justice and equity through your services?
My experience and UN young leader for the Sustainable Development Goals has taught me a lot and i use those teaching and intertwine them in my advocacy work.
What does it mean to you to act as a future ancestor?
It means being accountable to my children, my nieces and nephews, and my future grandchild. Its acknowledging my responsibility as a future grandmother, and matriarch that it is my role hold space and create space for healthy sustainable change.