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The Cultures and Traditions Storytelling website development team consisted of five aboriginal youth who produced this web site and gathered the stories. The team was supported by staff at the Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Institute. Technical support was provided by an Aboriginal web design company called Brainhum Corporation. The team was supervised by staff from the Aboriginal Youth Network project.

In the following section, find out more about who built this site, as well as information about the Aboriginal Youth Network.

The Development Team

Clarisa Borden

Clarisa Borden
Project Leader/Web Designer

I am defined as being a computer geek. I build web sites, do computer servicing and chat. I do not have a life outside of my computer! I am Sto:lo (Coast Salish) from British Columbia. I now reside in Edmonton, Alberta. I have worked with computers since high school. It is almost impossible to take me away from the computer but, I am fun to hang out with. I enjoy reading big computer manuals, learning about my culture, and listening to music. I am engaged to the only man that I want to spend my life with. A Cree Elder once told me that the Cree language is the easiest of all Aboriginal languages. It's spelled "C-R-E-E".

Ambie Kehewin

Ambie Kehewin
Data Entry/Content Specialist

Tansi! My name is Ambie Kehewin. I come from the Kehewin First Nations Reserve in Alberta. I am a Cree woman, with strong traditional Plains Cree values. My journey and my beliefs as a spiritual/cultural person, have provided me with many treasures. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful, healthy little girl, the talent to dance (Jingle Dress/Fancy Shawl), and the knack to take on new challenges. The love for my culture has allowed me to learn new teachings, share my teachings and pass down my teachings. The Culture and Traditions project has provided me with additional knowledge and the ambition to learn more about who we are as spiritual Aboriginal people.

Ryan Cardinal

Ryan Cardinal
Data Entry/Content Specialist

I am from Goodfish and Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta, but I was born and raised in Edmonton. I enjoy all sorts of things including sports and games. Right now, I’m focusing on tournament poker. Poker is a skill game and it will always be around. Ever since I was young, I was great at games - soccer, the computer, board games and video games. It didn’t matter to me; I was always quick to pick it up. I came in 2nd for the Fragapalooza Counterstrike Tournament in 2000, which is the largest tournament in Canada. I also came in 3rd for the Big Daddy Tournament that was held in 2002 at the Palace Casino. This was my first live tournament apart from online play. Unfortunately, these kinds of games will not always be around so naturally, I will be sticking with other types of games. A big part of my life is my friends and family.

Jules Thomas

Jules Thomas
Data Entry/Content Specialist

I am an artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. I am Cree from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. I grew up in the city most of my life. I am also a hip-hop emcee in my spare time. I enjoy working on the computer, but I don’t make it a big habit. I like to learn as much new things as I can every day. My friends and family are the most important things me.

Lawrence Fehler

Lawrence Fehler
Data Entry/Content Specialist

Cree I am. I was born and raised in Edmonton, and worked throughout Canada for a few years. Traveled the world and saw whatever it was that I needed to see. Now I’m back planted in front of a computer. With square eyes and a warped sense of reality, I do my best at being a computer nerd. At the time of the release of this site, I was 22 years old and had size 11 and ½ feet. I’m married, have 7 children, none of whom exist outside of my imagination, and a dog named Elvis, and I prefer to use Mac’s rather than PC’s. But hey, nobody’s perfect.

P.S. According to Spell check, I continually spell my own name wrong…weird.

Donita, AYN Senior Communications Officer

Donita Large
Aboriginal Youth Network
Senior Communications Officer

Hi! I am Donita Large and l have the privilege to continue to wear various hats at the Nechi Institute. At first, I was hired to maintain the Visions Aboriginal Health website while the Communications Officer, Carol Jenkins was on maternity leave. I then took the position of Researcher for two websites housed here at Nechi; the Aboriginal Youth Network as well as the UMAYC (Urban Multipurpose Advisory Youth Centres) website. I discovered I liked working here so much, that I took the Senior Communications Officer position of the AYN in December of 2001! In Spring of 2003, I also took on the role of Tobacco Cessation Coordinator for Nechi's new project on Tobacco Cessation Training for Aboriginal Youth.

I would love to hear from you so send me an email or drop by some time and I'll give you a tour of Nechi Institute and the AYN website!

 

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This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections Initiative, Industry Canada.