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Today we got to Eaton Centre Mall in downtown Toronto and got the chance to check out the new Richtree Market! When we arrived at the market the people there were so welcoming and kind. They immediately welcomed us and took many pictures of us. All the food at the Richtree Market is all natural and made fresh right in front of you. All of us girls had the opportunity to have taco’s or burrito’s for lunch at the new Richtree Taco Truck! It was very cool because there were so many options between beef, chicken, fish, and veggie. They all included very unique things on it as well as certain toppings that were different but it is what made it so tasty. As soon as I stepped up to the truck at the front, they asked me for my name. I thought it was really cool because they had all the girls names under what they ordered as they all punched it into an i-Pad till. I was so overwhelmed on what to order because everything sounded so good. I personally tried the beef burrito, I wanted to try it because the toppings and sauces that were included with it were different and I wanted to try something new. We also each got glass bottles of whatever kind of pop, such as: Sprite, Coke, Diet-Coke, and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I was so impressed with Richtree’s new Taco Truck and I really enjoyed my choice of burrito, as well as how fresh and natural all the ingredients are. Richtree also gave us free milkshakes/freshly squeezed juice! I loved Richtree Market and I hope to go to it again soon. 🙂
Miss Teen Eastern Saskatchewan 2015
My Platform that I will be representing as a finalist in the Miss Teen Canada pageant will be the Ronald McDonald houses across Canada. The Ronald McDonald house also known as “The House That Love Built” is about keeping families together during medical and emotional traumas. Ronald McDonald houses provide a home away from home and works to support families that have sick children in the hospital. A child’s illness can put a terrible strain on a family both emotionally and finically, but the Ronald McDonald house can ease the burden by offering accommodations. When a child is sick and they are forced to live in a hospital- all they need is their families and the Ronald McDonald houses provide this to them.
I chose this platform because I believe that is one of the most important societies that needs to be well known and brought to peoples attention. The Ronald McDonald house is important to me because many of my families and friends have stayed in the house various times and it has meant a great deal to them. Without the house, many families would struggle to get by and suffer by not being there for their child.
As the title holder of Miss Teenage Canada, I would proudly promote this platform by raising funds as well as awareness to this cause. As the title holder, I would like to visit the Ronald McDonald houses of Saskatchewan/Canada and provide inspiration. I am proud to say that I have been promoting, planning and will be participating in the Red Shoe Walk this September that is taking place in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Miss Teen Eastern Saskatchewan 2015
I am so unbelievably grateful to be living in such an extraordinary country such as Canada and having the pleasure of representing this country in the Miss Teen Canada peageant this year. Canada is a nation full of many amazing things. Canada has so much to offer the world, such as beauty, peace, talent, prosperity and of course hockey and maple syrup.
Canada is made up of many stereotypes that make up the country itself for example, hockey. Hockey is Canada’s national sport and expresses Canada as a country.
Hockey is the thing that brings all Canadians together to celebrate the one sport they all love. On another note, maple syrup is another reason why Canada is such a great country… I mean who doesn’t like syrup? Us Canadians put that stuff on everything and I mean everything! You can not go into any Canadians cupboard and not find maple syrup in it because every Canadian has at least one bottle stashed in there.
Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories and it is easy to pinpoint each of the beautiful things each of them has to offer. For example, British Columbia and the beautiful blue rockies surrounding the clouds. Saskatchewan, and the lands that go on forever under the dancing sky. Ontario, and their amazing natural wonder of Niagara Falls.
Canada is a country full of peace. We are one of the only countries that do not have to worry about much war and violence. Studies show that Canada is one of the safest countries to live in being that there is no war.
Canada is a country full of many nationalities and is very multicultural. The idea of multiculturalism is that all citizens are equal. All the different cultures of Canada are free to express their own opinion, believe in the faith they want to, and act however they want. No cultures or individuals in Canada are looked down upon or judged because of what they simply believe in. Canada is a very accepting country in these ways.
The Charter of Rights and Freedom’s was the first part of the Constitution Act of 1982 developed in Canada and is one of the main reasons why Canada is such an amazing country. The Charter of Right’s and Freedoms is what made Canada so strong. As John G. Diefenbaker once said, “I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think is right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and for all mankind.”
Miss Teen Eastern Saskatchewan 2015
Hello everyone my name is Shayna and I am Miss Teenage Eastern Saskatchewan 2015. I am SUPER excited to be apart of such an amazing experience. Now let me tell you how this all started. My mom’s friend seen a post on Facebook about the Miss Teen Saskatchewan pageant and immediately told me to apply. So I thought, sure, whats the worst that can happen? I filled out the online application and then got an interview with the director, Michelle. She asked me a couple questions about myself that were easy enough to answer. I was pretty nervous at the time, and waited patiently for the email regarding my entrance. The first word that I seen on the e-mail was “Congratulations!” I got in and I was so excited, but also nervous. I knew that it was now crunch time as I only had five days to prepare for the pageant. When my mom and I arrived in Saskatoon on Friday, we went straight to the mall, because I had to find a new bikini to wear on stage as well as sparkly silver high heels. It was quite hard to find a pair of heels that I thought would be o-k to walk in, as I have NEVER walked in heels. I am 5’10” and tower over many people so I find no reason for me to wear them. Anyways, when I found the pair that were my favourite, they were also the highest! Those beauties were about 5-6″ in height, now thats just crazy! Even though I might have not been the best at walking in heels off the start, I sure improved and can almost call my self a heel-walking master! (ok, not really but pretty close :)) Even though my feet were practically bleeding from the heels from wearing them ALL day I had so much fun! Have you ever performed a full fast-pace dance in heels? Just that is an accomplishment of itself (hehe). I spent two days with the most amazing girls possible and am happy to call them my friends. On the day of the pageant, I was pretty nervous because I thought I would just freeze in front of all those people, but honestly, it was the complete opposite. In front of just the girls practicing, I was WAY more nervous then I was in front of that big crowd. I felt like I was just shining on stage, I felt like I can accomplish so many things. When it was time for crowning, my heart was pounding, not just for me, but for the other girls as well, I was sad for my friends that weren’t getting crowned and happy for the ones who were. When my name was announced, I nearly started crying. I was in total shock and disbelief that it was hard to contain myself. Here I was, standing on stage with the most beautiful crown on my head going to nationals! I am very excited to go to Toronto to represent my region as well as my province. Thank-you for following my journey 🙂Love, Shayna Miss Teen Eastern Saskatchewan 2015
The plane ride from Regina to Toronto was awesome! I had the same flight as Miss Teenage Southern Saskatchewan, Amanda Walsh. Im so glad I wasnt entirely alone. We arrived safely and hungry in Toronto! We met some girls who arrived earlier and pretty much waited until everyone got to the hotel. During the evening we all met our wonderful sponsors… Motives by loren ridinger who gave us all a free demo of their wonderful, mineral makeup! Golden Glamour Goddesses is a sponsor for Miss Teenage Canada 2014 and they provide the spray tans and eyelash extensions which are B-E-A-utiful! Wright Spa is another sponsor that had two wonderful employees that gave us back massages that night! Also Hi-Tec Footwear which provided all the delegates FREE sandals!
This day was an early start for prepping for the video shoot, photo shoot and interview! Hair and Makeup done by Motives made us all wonderfully beautiful for the rest of the day. I cannot believe how long it took to get through all 56 delegates to each do their judging for video, photo and interview! All in all, it was worth it to get this all done and over with. This day we actually all got the chance to meet new friends quick because of all the waiting we had to do!
This was the day we were all in zombie mode by 12pm! Our day consisted of getting up at 4am (or earlier for others) to get ready for Breakfast Television at 6:20am. It was quite the experience, not only to be on TV but to experience what a pageant is really about… Early morning beautifying! Omg I swear I took my sleep for granted the whole week I prepped before boarding the plane! After doing BT we all came back to the hotel to do hair tutorials with Schwarzkopf Professional 🙂 Anyways this day was awesome because not only did we do BT & learned how to do hair, we also went to Yorkdale Mall and got treated V.I.P and did a shopping spree at one of our sponsors Bench! <3 big thank you to Bench for being a sponsor for Miss Teenage Canada 2014 pageant!
Today we were up at 5am to get prepped for another television segment! All the delegates were wanted at Global News Toronto and National! This time it was different from BT, even though it was a later time (thank god!) it was set up as if we were Top 5… Which they picked a name and question for the delegates to answer on LIVE! TV. My name was drawn for the National News segment and was asked “What is the biggest obstacle you faced and what did you do to over come it?” And I answered “This pageant is the biggest obstacle I faced by far, coming from a First Nations background it is really hard to overcome certain obstacles especially here where you need to compete… Im just really determined to be the first Indigenous woman to be crowned Miss Teenage Canada.” And the news reporter said good luck to me and thanked me! Ahhh its still so hard to believe I was on national television! 😀 after that we came to our hotel for breakfast and then left to the CN Tower which was probably the best experience for me by far! We went to the top and took pictures every where! The elevator ride was soooo exciting! Did you know it takes an average human to get to the top from the stairs 40-45 minutes? And the record is at 7 minutes! This late afternoon we were at the Eaton Centre and did some shopping and grabbed a bite to eat! Definitely felt like a celebrity there! Then tonight we had done rehearsals!
Im so nervous and excited at the same time for preliminaries on Thursday! Im looking forward for Friday to do my talent! 😉 for pictures go to my facebook!
I cannot believe that in the next week I will be competing in Canada’s biggest teen pageant, Miss Teenage Canada 2014 owned by MTC-W Inc. And produced my Michelle Weswaldi. The title Miss Teen Canada is something our parents remember on TV produced by CTV, that was the original along with Miss Canada but today pageants in Canada have changed and there is no longer just one “Teen Canada Pageant”. The original Miss Teen Canada Pageant was called Miss Teenage Canada for the first three years (1969-1971) and re-named Miss Teen Canada in 1972. It was discontinued after the 1990 pageant. The Miss Teen Canada Pageant was always held in Toronto, Ontario.
In the past couple of years I never have thought I would’ve been able to compete in Canada’s largest teen pageant. This is my first ever pageant and I’m so glad I’ve chosen the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. This is a very huge experience for me. I applied for Miss Teenage Canada because I saw the Facebook page and thought it would something new to try. This is the only pageant to hold provincial pageants, which I’m thankful there was. During the provincial pageant it was all about preparing for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant but this was a pageant in itself. You have to win the title of your province or own the region you are from in order to move onto the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. From there, the winner of Miss Teenage Canada competes to win the Miss Teen Universe title. The Miss Teenage Canada pageant has the most media exposure because of its celebrity judging panel and celebrity hosts; also it’s the only pageant with the most delegates.
Coming from a small community, this is a big step for me to take. I’ve never lived outside of my home reserve before so I’ve always loved big cities. I enjoy traveling and once I seen that this pageant takes place in Toronto, Ontario (my favourite city) I wanted to register right away 🙂 This has really boosted my confidence and I honestly feel like a celebrity at Powwow celebrations because this gives me the opportunity to go into Grand Entry as Royalty with other Princesses. I’ve been progressing in my public speaking skills and now it just comes naturally. In my First Nation culture it’s very important to use our voice. We are always told from the old people to use our voice whenever we can and to speak from the heart. For so many years us First Nation people have been discriminated and now it is up to us young people to show that we can make Canada a better place. This pageant isn’t to only showcase you as a role model person, but it also helps out kids in need like Free The Children and Cardiac Kids. These are big sponsors for the event and it’s your job as a delegate to fundraise money to go towards these charities.
This has been such a huge experience for me to take in. I have a lot of support from First Nation bands and they’ve helped out a lot in my preparation of the pageant. I encourage all young ladies to consider entering the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant 2015 and so forth. You’ll experience a lot and especially learn a lot about yourself that you didn’t know you could do, like walking in heels, dancing in heels, interview prep, making lifelong friends and improving your public speaking skills. Best of all, you don’t need experience at all when you enter this pageant which is great!
If I were to win the Miss Teenage Canada title, I would definitely do my best to encourage youth to enter pageants and to motivate them to live a healthy life style by going to events and reserves to speak publicly. I would for sure travel all across North America to represent my title at Powwow Celebrations. I would love to connect more with at risk youth to help lead them to a positive lifestyle. I know I’d love entering in parades, speaking at events, performing, traveling, and volunteering for numerous charities and fundraisers. I’d do whatever I can to represent my title wherever I go if I were to win the Miss Teenage Canada 2014 title.
Hello wonderful people 🙂
Yesterday (June 11, 2014) marked the anniversary of the Prime Ministers Residential School apology. I, Jolene, helped host a walk “Our Dreams Matter Too” along with Miss First Nations University of Canada, Miss Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Miss Treaty Four. The walk “Our Dreams Matter Too” is to show how many people support First Nations children receiving the same opportunity to succeed as all other children in ways that respect their cultures and languages. First Nations children get less funding for services like education, health and child welfare than all other children enjoy. This makes it hard for First Nations children to achieve their dreams and grow up proud of who they are. “Our Dreams Matter Too” is a walk and letter writing event supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children. There were more than thirty-five “Our Dreams Matter Too” walks across Canada last year, and over five thousand walkers.
I was glad to be able to support my fellow royalty-princesses with hosting the walk. We had presented a pendleton blanket to one of the founders of Idle No More and a community member we are all familiar with, we handed out balloons to release before we started the walk to remember those who passed on in Residential School and to remember our missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada. We walked around the perimeter of the First Nations University of Canada building four times, as four is a sacred number to First Nations people.
Credits to Creeson Agecoutay and Bill Stevenson Photography for letting me borrow the photos.
On another note, this past weekend (June 7 & 8) I was honored at Painted Hand Casino Powwow in Yorkton, SK with a Blanket Dance. The Blanket Dance was hosted by the powwow committee to help me with my expenses towards my pageant. I want to give them a big thank you as I raised enough money to pay for a plane ticket.
Hello again all you beautiful people!
Today I made the choice of attending Regina’s North Central Smudge Walk 2014. First of all, let me tell you a little bit about “smudge” and what it means.
Smudging is a ceremonial technique (per say) that involves lighting traditional medicine which will give off a nice, comforting smell/smoke. When you are feeling lonesome, hurt, thankful, gratitude, really any kind of feeling, you can light up a smudge and basically smudge yourself by using your hands to make sure that all the smoke will be in the presence of your body. Then, you pray to kisi-manitou, nohtowenan, the creator/our father. It’s really a way to connect to the creator and to talk one-on-one with him. This is just one way that First Nations people connect to the creator.
So today at the event, I was surprised to see that there was approximately 500 people supporting the cause. If you didn’t know, Regina’s North Central has been stated “Most dangerous place in Canada”. Today, the Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association (RAPA) has brought back the Smudge Walk to the community to not only kick-off National Aboriginal History Month but to also defy the name that North Central has repudiated. This is a organization that believes the people of North Central and other supporters are able to come together to prove others wrong. This is a community with strong leaders and great role models willing to help and give out a giving hand to others who are struggling with drugs and alcohol or prostitution. So with the smudging ceremony, we blessed the streets of North Central. Bringing positive energy into the community and blessing the homes with protection and good prayers.
Today was surely beautiful and I was so happy to be apart of it. I was in front of the walk, riding the back of a truck with other royalty such as Miss First Nations University of Canada and Cowessess Princess. I took tons of pictures, if you want to see them check them out on my Facebook like page at Miss Teenage Eastern SK 2014.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog 🙂 hiy-hiy teniki (thank you)