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.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Summer)
- Tracie's correct pronouns are She/Her.
- Tracie identifies as Indigenous, Métis
- Health and Wellness
- Indigenous Identity and Rights
- Métis Identity and Rights
- Tracie offers Speaking Services as a Constellation Star.
- Tracie operates under an incorporated business.
Q&A WITH TRACIE
- How does your institutional and non-institutional education contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
I am currently obtaining my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina with hopes to pursue law school next. It has been a challenge attempting to walk in to world’s in the post-secondary institution. It is very difficult attempting to succeed in an institution that is systemically racist and was never meant to support you. The Aboriginal Student Centre on campus has been a saving grace. I will forever be grateful to walk through their doors and be surrounded by my people and our culture all while being safe and supported. I have taken many Indigenous history classes including Indian art and Michif in attempt to expand my knowledge about my people in an academic setting. I am fortunate to be surrounded my Elders, to sit with them and listen to their knowledge and stories.
Since taking Michif I have began actively reclaiming my language. While being 600 kilometres from home I have become very involved in the community. I coach a hockey league for low income families and children in care. I received my level 1 Aboriginal Coaching Certificate and recreational training for working with children with FASD. I am passionate about my education and my culture. I am interested in combining the two while working with my community to address colonial issues and change the policy that controls us.
- How does your lived experience and identity contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
My journey of reclaiming my identity and taking action to address colonial issues affecting Indigenous people drives my service delivery. Growing up as an Indigenous young person in white spaces was challenging. I began to surround myself with the right people and worked to make my own space. I found my passion when I decided to speak up, and remarkably I began connecting with other people doing similar work.
I finally found where I belonged and continue to do this work to ensure that those who come after me will have a place where they feel like they belong too. It has been a privilege to lead a global conversation about Indigenous women girls and Two-Spirit these last 4 years. I am honoured to share my story on platforms across the world. I am humbled to connect with Indigenous young people across the Nation. I bring my responsibly as a role model, I bring the concerns of Indigenous young people, I bring the work we are dedicated to and I bring my identity to my service delivery. It is all woven together like the sayncheur flayshii that belongs to my people.
- How have you advanced climate justice and equity in the past?
As a young person who is social media savvy, my network consists of both an Indigenous and non-Indigenous presence. I have taken this as an opportunity to share information on social media posts and information that can educate/inform my settler peers about Indigenous climate justice. My classes are with a group that are majority non-Indigenous. I often speak up about Indigenous climate justice and integrate those conversations into our class discussions. I am part of an Indigenous group in Regina organizing solidarity events in support of Wet’suwet’en. We have hosted creatively nights to make posters, shirts and banners. We have held street blockades, round dances and are currently planning a school walk out. I am continuously learning about Indigenous ways of knowing with the land as well as the impact the colonial world has on Mother Earth.
When I speak at events in Winnipeg I also start with a land acknowledgment and take the time to note that the City of Winnipeg isolated and displaced Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in order to access water for the city. I always acknowledge what that means for us considering the community 23 years later is still under a boil water advisory. There are small ways to engage the conversation and inform others about part of climate justice they might not be aware of.
- What does it mean to you to act as a future ancestor?
Doing everything I can to ensure that when I am one day an ancestor my decedents will not have to do this work.
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