Northlands crowns first Indigenous Princess
EDMONTON, AB – After completing a historic 10-Day Pow Wow at K-Days, Northlands and representatives of Treaty Six First Nations are pleased to announce Britney Pastion as the winner of the inaugural Northlands Indigenous Princess Pageant.
The pageant, launched in conjunction with the traditional Pow Wow, showcased and embraced indigenous culture in the spirit of reconciliation. Ms. Pastion will carry those ideals forward throughout the year as she acts as an ambassador of goodwill at Northlands’ events, educating the community by teaching and sharing in the rich traditions, culture and heritage of indigenous people.
“We are honoured to have such a tremendous ambassador for Northlands and the Indigenous community,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO of Northlands. “I look forward to working closely with Britney and members of the Treaty Six community and continuing the great work we have laid the foundation for during this year’s K-Days. It is my sincere hope that we can look back in 20 years and say this is the day we are most proud of.”
While Ms. Pastion is from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation she is also half Dené Tha and one-quarter Cree. Britney also goes by her spirit name, Beautiful Singing Earth Morning Star Woman and believes that it is important to know one’s culture as well as educate oneself. After graduation from NAIT’s Television program, Britney has already worked for CTV News and REDx Talks.
“I am honoured to be the Northlands Indigenous Princess,” says Britney Pastion. “In the next year, I hope to be a proud ambassador of our culture and community and to help educate others.”
The inaugural pageant saw five contestants and three exceptional finalists compete with the winner crowned by a panel of judges on Sunday, July 31.