Mrs. Universe 2015, Ashley Burnham (Callingbull) is a bright, shining example of the strength, determination and beauty of the First Nations woman
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Mrs. Universe 2015, Ashley Burnham (Callingbull) is a bright, shining example
of the strength, determination and beauty of the First Nations woman
August 31, 2015, Maskwacis, AB: On August 29th, 2015, Ashley Burnham, nee Callingbull, a young First Nations woman from the Treaty No. 6 Territory in Alberta, made history. Ashley was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 in a pageant held in Minsk, Belarus, becoming the only First Nation’s woman to win at that level and the first Canadian to win the title.
“Ashley Burnham (Callingbull) has represented Canada on the international stage for many years, and has continually brought pride to the Cree Nations. She is a bright, shining example of the strength, determination and beauty of the First Nations woman, and I offer her heartfelt congratulations and wish her continued success, ” said Craig Makinaw, Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Alberta.
According to their website, the Mrs. Universe pageant isn’t solely about beauty, but a pageant to honour the lives of woman who have accomplished so much for themselves and their families, and who have made significant contributions to their communities. The pageant also draws international attention to issues such as violence against women and children.
Ashley, a member of the Enoch Cree Nation, represented her Cree culture and Canada with pride as she wore a traditional jingle dress with the Canadian colours and maple leaf, and showcased her talent by singing a traditional native song with a handdrum.
Burnham (Callingbull) has achieved many accomplishments in her personal and professional life. She is an actress, model and motivational speaker. She has devoted time to volunteering and reaching out to Aboriginal youth and elders. She grew up knowing poverty and violence, and willingly shares her story of overcoming adversity and the importance of her family and culture in her wellness journey. She also stresses the importance of education in achieving her goals.
“Ashley Callingbull is a role model for youth everywhere. She is not afraid to take on new challenges, break down barriers and confront stereotypes, and I commend her for speaking out about the obstacles she overcame, and using this opportunity to lend her voice to First Nations issues,” concluded Regional Chief Makinaw.
Craig Makinaw is the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for Alberta. Craig is the former Chief and member of Council for Ermineskin Cree Nation, and former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.
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