Really Livin’ 2 event a success

From Weechi-it-te-win Family Services
Press release

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services was pleased to host the Really Livin’ 2 Wellness and Recovery Conference at the Couchiching Multi-use facility on February 7th and 8th.

Really Livin’ 2 was sponsored by the Ministry of Health and featured well-known successful Indigenous artists from throughout North America.  The artists shared either overcoming or dealing with their individual struggles as well as their journeys to success to the attendees from throughout the Treaty 3 area.  In addition to their keynote speeches and workshops, each artist gave very entertaining performances each evening for the general public.

The Really Livin’ 2 Conference was an opportunity for local individuals from Weechi-it-te-win’s partner communities to interact with the well-known artists and create new experiences, realizing that their futures are truly limitless.

The first presenter of the two-day conference was Acosia Red Elk from Oregon, USA.  Acosia is a 10 time world champion Jingle Dress dancer and founder of Pow Wow Yoga.  She is also an actress and playing a part in an upcoming Marvel streaming series.

Acosia said she was thankful to the local First Nation communities and Really Livin’ committee for inviting her to share her ‘Movement is Medicine’ Yoga and Tribal Dance as a way to heal from traumas physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

She said “It was a great experience being able to offer and also receive knowledge and experiences from the interactions I had with the conference attendees and other presenters.”

The next presenter was comedian Sherry McKay from Winnipeg, Manitoba who shared her own journey establishing herself as a comedian on Tik Tok followed by her comedy workshop, which involved interaction with the attendees who had a few comedians amongst them!

Sherry put on a great show that had the audience laughing throughout.  After the show she said “My spirit was so full from the warm welcome I received at the Really Livin’ conference.  My favourite thing about what I do is being able to go into a new community and I felt such a strong appreciation for the community.  I would absolutely love to visit again!”

An Open Mic was held on the evening of February 7th with 14 performers bravely singing, telling stories or sharing their poetry.  Emcee Darren Yerxa from Grand Council Treaty 3 said “It was a great evening and the participation was outstanding! We have so many talented people and there were performances from members of 12 different First Nations of Treaty 3!”

The presenters on February 8th were all professional musical artists with large Tik Tok followings.  The day started off with local Couchiching artist and Weechi-it-te-win Family Service’s own Jeremy Jordan who performs under the stage name Mack Sickz. He was followed by the Sunsetting Kidd from Sioux Lookout than Tia Wood from Saddle Lake Cree First Nation.

The headline act was MattMack and his band from Winnipeg, MB who put on an amazing show showcasing his award-winning music with a full band.