Published on August 27, 2013 by Amy
I’m a storyteller (writer, actor and blogger) living in the Big Smoke (Toronto). I have a background in fashion and a heart in all things Indigenous. I have written about everything from Native appropriations, pop-culture, to politics and have been named one of Toronto’s Top Bloggers and one of Canada’s Top Ten Fashion Bloggers. I’ve appeared on Murdoch Mysteries, and as Kateri in the docudrama In Her Footsteps: The story of Kateri Tekakwitha.
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I have over eight years as a published writer, and have written for publications such as The Guardian, CBC Arts, THIS Magazine, National Post, Spirituality & Health, Job Postings and SPIRIT Magazine. I am currently working on co-editing a book for Annick Press about Indigenous youth and have been published in a McGraw-Hill textbook beside esteemed writers such as Joseph Boyden, and Richard Wagamese. Before finishing my Honours of Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing at York University, I was fortunate enough to have already had my own fashion column at Williams Lake Tribune. I’ve been a Fashion Editor at Excalibur (York University’s campus paper), a fashion intern at LUSH Magazine, a weekly contributor at MSN.ca on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, and wrote a fashion column for Indian Country Today.
My story started when at the age of 10, when I discovered my love for Vogue and all glossy fashion magazines, since then I’ve devoured the written word and had an insatiable appetite for all things fashion. In high school I discovered my passion for acting and drama and took acting classes and performed in high school plays. Acting gave me the ability to transform myself from my shy self to express my emotions fully and was a great release.
Following my dreams, I moved across the country, from my hometown Abbotsford BC to Toronto at just 17 years old to attend Ryerson University for Fashion Communication. It was my love of magazines, coupled with her desire to become a fashion editor, which led me to transfer to York University for Professional Writing. It was there that I discovered a true passion within my Indigenous roots (Tsilhqot’in (Dene), Mexican, Cherokee, and Dutch) and began to discover my own unique connection to culture.
It was the blending of all of my passions, which led me to start my blog, Urban Native Girl Stuff, (UNGS) which is all about pop-culture with an Indigenous twist. It was born in 2007 out of a desire to fuel my fire online and engage in writing, social media, and connect with a new audience.
The blog has caught on and is now known all over North America and I’ve even had the chance to speak to students at Harvard University and about UNGS. I’ve also presented about Digital Storytelling at the OSUM Day for Aboriginal Women Entrepreneurs as well as done radio interviews for CBC’s Revision Quest, The Bill Good Show (CKNW 980 AM), Native America Calling, and was a weekly guest on Streetz FM’s Urban Nation Live.
During my time at York University, I simultaneously worked at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and re-discovered my love for acting and all things dramatic. I was featured in a short film, Rezolution, by Keesic Douglas in the 2008 Festival and soon after got an agent. I’ve been following this passion of mine by taking acting classes in Toronto at Armstrong Acting Studio, Carter Thor Acting Studio and Sears & Switzer. I will be featured in an upcoming short, Indian Affairs, at the 2013 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
I’m passionate about my community and love to give back to organizations and non-profits. I’ve served as a board member for Association for the Native Development of Visual and Performing Arts (ANDVPA), the Young Indigenous Professionals, and as the VP Communications for the Aboriginal Professionals of Canada (APAC), where I’m currently an advisor.
I love storytelling and enjoy every platform where I’m able to share stories from the heart. I’m currently working on launching Urban Native Magazine, an online magazine and extension of Urban Native Girl blog which will be a Native lifestyle magazine geared toward inspiring Indigenous youth with positive success stories.