As an Nehiyaw Iskwew (Plains Cree Womxn) from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Stonechild, has always been a catalyst towards Indigenous youth and womxn unlocking their full potential. By reclaiming their voices, bodies and spirits that have been silenced and stolen throughout history. There is a shift happening in humanity right now and she believes the arts, meditation, movement and reclaiming an indigenous worldview is a part of amplifying that shift.
From growing up around her mother’s performing arts company, and continuing on to graduate from “Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts” and “Vancouver School of Healing Arts”. She has always been active within her community. She has received the title of “Metis Youth Ambassador of Alberta” and was a finalist for “Miss Teen Canada” representing her hometown, Medicine Hat. Shayla has over 500+ yoga teacher training hours and is currently listed internationally as one of the Top “20 Yoga Instructors of Color to Watch in 2020”.
Shayla is an award-winning TV Host of APTN’s documentary series “Red Earth Uncovered”, Yoga Instructor at “CMMN GRND” and Wellness Advocate making waves across Turtle Island. She is the founder of the “Matriarch Movement'' a meditation and movement platform dedicated to bringing awareness to the “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn and Girls” crisis. (#MMIWGT2S+). She most recently partnered with Saje Wellness and RBC as a content creator. She also has a history of collaborations with ‘Right To Play’, ‘Gathering Our Voices’, and ‘Lululemon’.
You can follow her journey on IG: @shayla0h @matriarch.movement