Syenna has been an active member of Métis Nation Columbia River Society since she was 3. She joined our Chartered Community Dance Troupe, Li JIgeurs Mechif, and proceeded to dance for other communities, the town of Golden’s annual festivals and events, and even at Métis Nation British Columbia’s provincial events. She traveled around the Kootenays and taught dance at schools and communities with the troupe. When she was very young she started learning to play the fiddle, and was soon performing at events, being a part of the local orchestra, and entertaining at local senior’s residences. She traveled to various fiddle camps in order to further her skills in this traditional cultural art. Syenna was also involved in language camps over the years, learning Michif with a small group of youth around the province. She has continued to be involved in any cultural opportunities which came her way.
More recently, Syenna has also supported her community by providing childcare and musical entertainment for Métis events. She has helped decorate for our gatherings, and helped with fundraisers and clean up. Syenna is just there whenever she is needed. She has been teaching fiddle for several years now and hasn’t even graduated from high school. Her community is very proud of how she is encouraging others to celebrate their heritage. She continues to attend MNBC events and leads the Grand Entrance with her fiddle. Syenna is also on the Honour Role at school.
Syenna lives with her grandparents but spends time with her twin sister who has significant needs, after requiring a heart transplant as a young child. Life has given her considerable challenges, and I am so proud to say that Syenna has grown into a wise, respectful, and determined young woman. She is very much deserving of the honour of Métis Youth Role Model!