Faustina Thomas: Sturgeon River-Parkland

Faustina Thomas: Sturgeon River-Parkland

Faustina Thomas (mihko piysiw iskwew - Red Thunder Woman) is a proud member of Maskêkosak, Enoch Cree Nation. She is Nakota Sioux, Cree, Gitxan, and Haisla. She is completing her first year at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of Education Secondary program, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Native Studies.As a member of the Enoch Youth Advisory Council (EYAC) Faustina is an advocate for Enoch Youth, Education, Treaty and Cree Laws. During the first year of EYAC (2017) Faustina organized the first initiative, a Youth Art Contest for Enoch’s youth. She wanted to combine her passion for Fine arts while acknowledging and celebrating the youth of Enoch.Faustina was a member of the Braided Journey’s Leadership Program throughout her high school career. She has taken part in facilitating the Blanket Exercise to groups of students, teachers as well as partner organisations. She had the honor of facilitating the Blanket Exercise for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta as well as the Trustee’s and Superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools. Faustina has volunteered her free time at food banks, family nights and serving meals at multiple events. She has also provided literacy coaching and mentoring to Indigenous elementary students. Faustina enjoys living off the land, hunting, fishing, as well as swimming, archery, reading and playing hockey.