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Indigenous teen entrepreneur brings authenticity back to jingle dress

Students and CEO's posing for a picture at the #YouthCEO event at the Neeginan Centre earlier this month. Bill Burfoot

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here’s the old saying that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Well, Émilie McKinney is doing just that.

Te 17-year-old from Swan Lake First Nation recently opened

up her own business to start manufacturing jingle cones and lids. Jingle cones are cone shaped lids made of metal that are usually attached to a jingle dress. As the dancer dances, the cones hit each other to make sounds. McKinney has been dancing since she was one year old, and

has travelled around the world performing Indigenous Hoop, Fancy Shawl, and Jingle dances. She decided she wanted to make her own jingle dress and began to search for everything she would need. “I wanted to make myself a jingle dress last year but our local

supplier retired. We went to Winnipeg and came back empty handed because the jingle cones were not only expensive but were made in Taiwan,” says McKinney, who attends École régionale Notre-Dame in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Man. “It

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ou’d be hard-pressed to find a busier chef these days than Kelly Cattani.

Cattani, Executive Chef of Oak

and Grain restaurant at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, has had a full schedule since for a while now, and it doesn’t appear that it will slow down anytime soon.

In addition to her duties at the

restaurant, Cattani had just taken part in the inaugural Fried Chick- en Fest this past January – which was won by the Oak and Grain – and was also busy planning the second annual Women, Wine, and Food fundraiser, celebrating some of the top female chefs the city has to offer. Te event took place Thursday, March 8th in honour of International Women’s Day, to raise money for the Women’s

Health Clinic. Giving back to the community

by showcasing the great culinary talent in Winnipeg is not some- thing new for Cattani. Commu- nity has always been a big part of how she prepares her meals for her guests. “Community is so important

to me,” says Cattani. “For us, be- ing located in St. James and feel- ing such a strong bond with our Oak and Grain page 15


he Neeginan Centre in downtown Winnipeg played host to #YouthCEO Career Connections event March 1st, giving over 200 students from

all over the province a chance to speak with some of the most influential CEO’s and companies Manitoba has to offer. The Business Council of Manitoba organized #YouthCEO Career Connections in partnership with

CEO's and business leaders offering advice and opportunity to students at #YouthCEO event

the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Devel- opment (CAHRD) and Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC). CEO’s and representa- tives from seven different companies had the chance to field questions from hundreds of students and offer guidance and advice on what it takes to get positions in their companies. Kevin Chief, vice-president of the Manitoba Busi-

ness Council, said the event is a great chance for the youth to realize exactly what kinds of opportunities there are for them.

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