I am a strong Indigenous Woman my name is Candy Villeneuve Born in North Battleford, SK and a First Nations Member from Ahtahkakoop First Nation. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful healthy kids. I work full-time as a banker and have since I became a single Mother 7 years ago. I try to involve my kids in extra-curricular activities that they enjoy to keep them busy and to get them involved in the community and finding out their likes and dislikes. I am trying to raise my children to be kind, strong minded, respectful people.
I did not have the greatest life growing up without my Father in my home, but I was lucky in other ways I grew up around so much family I think that instilled in me to be kind to others and help out whenever and wherever I can. I love life I try be positive about anything that comes my way because I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe that my dreams have meaning and I am in some ways gifted. I was brought up Catholic but now pray to the Creator and accept other religions and do not look down on others and I try to teach my children that as well. I consider myself connected to spirituality and not to a specific religion.
I believe that if First Nations in Saskatchewan and Canada start working together and being more accountable for their positions we will see growth not only in the First Nations communities but also in Canada. I believe change is coming and I welcome it. Me and my children have our Cree names and that is very special to me as I grow I am trying to learn all I can about my culture, I do not speak fluent Cree but know some words and use them in my home with my kids as much as possible. I also know French and teach my children that as well. I look at each day as a new opportunity and try to be fearless in my life so to teach my children to try new things and never be afraid.