Article from RedWAY News E-zine ()
February 6, 2009
Meet new Aboriginal Youth Media Team Members
Diverse minds, different cultures, common threads, and inspirational Youth
by Kristin Kozuback, AYM Team Project Manager

Text Box: On behalf of the AYM Team project partners Spiritlink Communications and Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, we’re pleased to introduce this diverse group of Urban Aboriginal Youth working to develop their media and computer literacy skills.  We received some funding from theMetro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy towards this Spiritlink ‘earn and learn’ project, so we’ll be working to create new sections, stories and feature articles for RedWAY over the next few months. Our goal is to support the development of Aboriginal Youth and free on-line resources to respect Aboriginal diversity while promoting 21st Century skills.As they learn, we’ll all learn, because they’re sharing tech-e tips and grammar guides along the way… Please invite us to your cultural gatherings, community events, business or Board meetings, and workshops so we can share important news and information with our 8000+ readers!    In honour and respect, Kristin Kozuback, AYM Team Project ManagerMeet some of our new Aboriginal Youth Media Team Writers
Introductions written by Youth so YOU can connect with them!

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Scroll down the page to ‘meet’ four of our newest AYM Team Writers, or click on their names, below:  
Cowboy Smithx, Ben Brown, Lacy J Morin-Desjarlais, and Christie Lee Charles,  We'll bring you more of the team next week... so stay tuned!

Here they are…welcome them to the world of on-line publishing with RedWAY!
Cowboy Smithx

Cowboy Smithx is a filmmaker, writer, actor, radio host and neo-eccentric philanthropist from the Blackfoot territories of Piikani and Kainai in Southern Alberta. Cowboy began writing for in 2003 and became a regular contributor to New Tribe Magazine in Calgary, AB.
Cowboy currently works for the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association and is a regular contributor to RezX Magaine. He also became the youngest person to ever win a Blackfoot Arts Award for his work as a performing artist. Cowboy's latest film project "Chance" is currently in theatres and was showcased at the 2008 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California
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Lacy J Morin-Desjarlais
Lacy J Morin-Desjarlais is 23 and is Saulteaux and Métis.  She was born in Saskatchewan but she moved to the Lower Mainland at a young age and now considers it her home. 
Lacy has a Diploma from the Langara Fine Arts Career Program and has a passion for her art work.  Lacy is also an active member of many youth organizations; she grew up in government care and from that experience has desire to contribute towards her community.  Her artwork and volunteering keeps her busy and she is always looking for opportunities to combine her two passions.  Her future plans are to return to school and pursue a Child and Youth Worker Degree.
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Ben Brown
I am a Native. I am from Vancouver, British Columbia. I am a part of the Musqueam Band.
I have lived on my own in Victoria, BC, and at the age of 17 I moved to Edmonton, Alberta for a few years. I came back to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2003.
I now have 3 kids; I love each of them a lot. I am also married to an incredible woman who is also very important to me.
I am looking to learn about my Native traditions, language, cultural ceremonies, and the ways of life. I am looking to try and help people in life as much as I can. As of this day I am still learning about ever thing that has to do with Native’s traditions and the way of life. I am part of the longhouse.    Thank you!
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Christie Lee Charles
?i? cap ?ew ?ey ?al' antha sxaxleya? tel ?i? ce:n xwamuthqueam mestayxw

Good day everyone I am sxaxleya? I come from the Musqueam peoples, with ancestry from Tseilwahtuth (George) and Squamish (Harry) Nations.

 My English name is Christie Lee Charles. My grandparents from Musqueam are Mary and the late Percy Charles. Percy was the eldest son of Andrew and Christine Charles.

We are the direct descendants of Capilano. My great, great, great grandfather was the first documented citizen of Vancouver, British Columbia, portrait, sketched by a Spanish explorer, which now hangs in Vancouver's City Hall. I currently reside and was born in Musqueam but grew up in Tseilwahtuth and around the city with my mother Maggie Charles and two older siblings.

With great thanks to my Papa, the late Andrew C. Charles, I have been able to learn our cultural history and teachings. Not only did I learn this but I was also was able to pick up our Musqueam dialect. I still study to this day. I use these teachings in all aspects of my life.

On my free time I create conscious hip hop for our Aboriginal youth. This music is about the teachings and culture of my Peoples. I also spit raps in the ancient Musqueam dialect – but before creating this type of music I approached Elders and received permission to use our teachings in this modern way and follow the proper protocols. You can find samples of this music at

Currently I also work for the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association (KAYA) in Vancouver where we advocate for youth voice participation and representation in all areas of governance. Being a part of the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association has helped me assert my knowledge. KAYA offers many programs that is free to aboriginal youth to find more about KAYA and the programs that are offered check out or email

Finally, I am a student at Langara College studying in the Aboriginal Studies Program. I am currently studying courses such as Canadian Policy, Canadian Aboriginal law, and community development as well as strategic planning. I have future aspirations of becoming a lawyer. 

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Please invite us to your cultural gatherings, community events, business or Board meetings, and workshops so we can share important news and information with our 8000+ readers!   Come see us at the 2009 ICT Summit and the 2009 Gathering Our Voices Conference...make your comments heard!
And consider becoming a RedWAY partner or section sponsor so we can keep these Youth employed after March 1 ---- you know they're worth it! Contact us today so we can create a marketing package for your business or initiative!
In honour and respect, Kristin Kozuback,
AYM Team Project Manager


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