Michaella Montana, is a Nehiyaw Iskwew on her paternal side from Treaty 6 territory, Frog Lake First Nation, AB and Irish and Scottish on her maternal side. She is also married into George Gordon First Nation, SK on Treaty 4 territory. She is a an award winning television host and personality, journalist, producer, model, actress, facilitator, and most importantly a mother.
Michaella began her career in acting when she was 12 years old. Which then led to a career in modelling at 14, and then a career in television hosting at 18. Michaella’s hosting career started with APTN television series The Other Side. She is now a correspondent for etalk and an associate producer for CTV Regina. Prior to this, she was a freelance Fashion and Beauty Expert for Toronto’s Cityline and a journalist for CBC Life.
Michaella won her very first Canadian Screen Award in 2023 for ‘Best Variety or Entertainment’ Special, a segment that she co-produced and co-hosted called ‘Impact & Influence: A Truth and Reconciliation Day Special’.
She can also be seen on the television series Rabbit Fall, The Secret History of the Wild West, Unsettled, and CityTV animation series Space Stretch.
As a model, Michaella has worked with numerous mainstream brands and can be seen in national campaigns for Nordstrom, RW&Co., BonLook. She has walked in New York Fashion Week, Toronto Fashion Week, and London Fashion Week.
One of Michaella’s largest campaigns for Nordstrom featured her on the largest billboard in Canada, in Dundas Square Toronto. As the first Indigenous woman to achieve this, she was given a platform to demand more Indigenous representation in mainstream spaces. This is what opened the door for her to be the first Indigenous host on etalk Canada.
Michaella was also the first Indigenous woman to win Miss Teen Saskatchewan in 2014. She went on to compete in Miss Teen Canada and placed in the Top 5.
As a writer, Michaella has been accepted into the Netflix Diversity of Voices Initiative at the Banff World Media Film Festival two years in a row with her first year making top 100 and her second year making top 25. Michaella will continue to develop her career as a writer and producer with a number of projects on the horizon.
Although Michaella spends a majority of her time in the fashion, film, and media industry, her true passion lies in helping Indigenous communities. Michaella’s goal is to shift the paradigm through visible Indigenous representation in the film and television industry, with hopes to change the way Indigenous people, specifically women, are portrayed in the media. She also uses her platform to speak to the importance of authentic allyship as well as important topics associated with BIPOC communities.
During National Addictions Awareness Week, and at other events, she facilitates several workshops on alcohol and drug abuse and their close relationship to suicide. Due to the loss of immediate family members, addictions and bereavement topics are two workshops Michaella can facilitate with an open heart as she has witnessed the effects of both. She is passionate about facilitating workshops for women on domestic violence, reproductive health, and self-esteem. She also speaks to students about the effects of bullying, decision-making, and overcoming negative experiences.