Kailey Arthurson: Churchill-Keewatinook Aski

Kailey Arthurson: Churchill-Keewatinook Aski

Tansi, Chachakisiw Mikisiw Iskwéw nitisinikason. My spirit name translates to Spotted Eagle Woman, I am from the Eagle clan. My given and family name is Kailey Arthurson. I am 23 years old and come from the Nehinaw and Anishinaabe tribes. I am from the Ockékiwi Sípí (Fisher River) Cree Nation and Kinoséwi Sípíhk (Norway House) Cree Nation in Manitoba. I was born in Winnipeg and raised in Fisher River my whole life. I am a two-spirit mother to my 20-month old daughter, Nipí-Pimatisíwin whose name translates to living water or water is life. She was in my womb when I was at Standing Rock protecting water with my family. I participate culturally in my community by attending ceremonies and jingle dress healing since my community’s first powwow back in 2000, which is known as the Ada Wilson Greycloud Woman Memorial Powwow. I grew up raised by a single mother in poverty, once in the child welfare system so I make it my initiative to break the cycles. I am on my healing journey since I became sober almost three years ago. My passions include the younger generation, youth in care, my traditional languages, my history, culture, the land and water. I am also a student at the University College of the North, completing my third year of Bachelor or Arts. Majoring in Aboriginal and Northern Studies and minoring in English, in hopes to attend the faculty of education soon. Ekosani.