Member Since: 2017
What has been your favourite role?
I always enjoy being on set and working with all the characters I have been able to play; they’ve all been fun and relatable. But, the one that stands out for me the most would be the role of Hawasta on Barkskins. He was a down-to-earth and funny guy with some great action scenes. I also got to learn Wendat, a language I’d never heard before that.
What do you do when you are not performing?
I like to spend as much time as possible with my family (I have a seven-month-old son), attending pow-wows and playing sports. I work as an educational assistant at the Kainai High School for my day job.
What Director would you like to work with?
I think it’s great that we have a lot of talented creative Indigenous people telling the real Indigenous stories from our perspective. I’d love to work with Elle Maija Tailfeathers.
What is your best-loved movie and TV show?
I recently watched the first few episodes of Shoresy on Crave, and I loved it. They have some tremendous Indigenous representation on the show.
What is one thing you wish you would have known as a performer sooner?
Have some fun. Be yourself. Make mistakes.
Canada recognizes June as National Indigenous Peoples month and June 21st as the official day. How will you celebrate with your family, community or self this year?
For National Indigenous Peoples month, I’ll be taking in some celebrations in Calgary; I think there’s a talent showcase on the 19th and a pow-wow on the 25th. I’ll also be attending a pow-wow on the 21st back home on the Blood Reserve.
Is there an oral tradition, elder or anything you would like to share about what keeps you grounded in your culture while working on set today?
I can’t think of a specific tradition, but when it comes to making choices on screen and in life, my great grandfather’s words always play in my head “Stay true to who you are.”
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