Speaker

Livia Manywounds

Communications Specialist
TsuuT’ina Health Services

Meet Livia:

Livia Manywounds (Blackfoot Woman) hails from the Tsuut’ina (Dene) and Siksika (Blackfoot) Nations in Treaty 7 territory located in Southern, Alberta, Canada. She is an Indigenous Designer, Rodeo Competitor and former CBC News Reporter. Livia operated a first of its kind pop-up Bureau reporting stories from Southern Alberta First Nations. The pop-up bureau was nominated for a RTDNA Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity in 2019, the bureau was featured in a Reuters Institute and University of Oxford Article for its success. Moving forward, Livia has shared her Journalism journey in numerous settings such post-secondary institutions, virtual and in-house training with CBC Radio-Canada, and the honourable mention of the European Centre for Journalism. Now, she continues to share her experience with the inclusion of her Indigenous roots through Cultural Awareness and Journalism in her presentation titled, “Indigenous and Reporting in Indigenous Communities”. This multi skilled entrepreneur transitioned from Media and Journalism to a career in Communications and Marketing. Livia served as a Communications Specialist for the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Services in addition to Tsuut’ina Nation Healthy Living Program (currently) and numerous Programs. She also serves as on the Board of Directors for Banff Buffalo Nations Cultural Society. Aside from her career, Indigenous Fashion is a passion Livia long awaiting to pursue. Now, she creates custom one-of-a-kind pieces rooted in her culture. Her focus is Indigenous Haute Couture with the exception of traditional works and apparel. In addition, Livia has published a series of Indigenous Wellness Journals available internationally on Amazon. She is the recipient of the 2019 Community Futures Treaty 7 Indigenous Business Builders Series recognition award. Livia completed a 3-week Indigenous Haute Couture Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2022; she was featured at the 2022 Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto and 2023 Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week. As a result, honourable mentions include being featured by the Toronto Star and The Kit Magazine’s as one of four Indigenous Fashion Designers changing the game of Fashion. The Globe and Mail featured her story, healing through the threads – grief and creating fashion. CBC Calgary News highlighted Livia as one of few Indigenous Designers gaining recognition on international runways. She is currently a featured artist for the Calgary Public Library for her contribution of her Indigenous digital artwork for MMIWG2S Campaign Project.

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