Cheyenne Stonechild is a Cree woman from Muscowpetung Reserve in the Qu’appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. She is a former youth-in-care, having aged out of the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) in 2014. Cheyenne is passionate about improving the experience of care for generations that follow. She believes that systems can and should be designed to better reflect the young people within them, and to better serve their needs. She has served on several programs and committees within the community, and is a Youth Director within the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.
Cheyenne created and is currently leading the “4 THE GENERATION PROJECT”: a history and cultural program for non, current or former Aboriginal youth-in-care ages 15 – 19. The goal of the project is to fill in a gap for children in care who come from other communities, and to help them re-establish a link to their heritage and culture.
She was inspired to create the program as a response to the stigma and stereotypes she experienced: both as an Aboriginal, and as a person in the care of the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD), and to help herself and others navigate the trauma of being in care, and the abuse that is unfortunately a frequent part of that experience.
Cheyenne feels successful and proud of her life now, and views the odds against her as challenges to overcome, rather than as obstacles blocking her way.