I have a voice.

You have a voice.

We all have a voice. In our lives, we make the decision on what we will do with our voices. We can choose to bring someone down and we can choose to raise someone up. We can sing a song, we can gossip with friends, we can ask for help, we can give advice, we can say how we feel, we can complain about someone we *strongly dislike* (everyone does it, don’t try to lie), we can start a revolution, we can change the world.

The voice is a powerful thing. We all have one, but how we use it is what makes our impact worthwhile.

This is my voice, and I am going to use it to help empower other youth to use theirs as well, and stand up for what they believe in and make a difference with what they want to see changed in the world today.

I am a women’s rights as well as a LGBTQI rights activist. These are issues that are close to my heart and are things I am passionate about. I may never win a nobel peace prize, be an ambassador for the modern women’s rights movement, or even simply make a difference that is recognized by people outside of my own community. But that’s okay. Throughout my life I have been taught that even a small thing can make a world of difference, no matter if it’s only going to impact one person. For that one person, you have the potential to impact their entire world.

So I have a challenge for you. For my Facebook likers (if you aren’t one, like my page here), everyday this week, consciously use your voice to make a positive impact in someone’s life, no matter how small. Even a simple “Have a good day” to your cashier at the grocery store, or genuinely asking how someone how they are feeling, or telling a loved one how much you are thankful for them.

This is how I’m using my voice, how will you use yours?

 

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I am a cisgender, heterosexual woman. I have the privilege of using the bathroom I identify with, without having to worry about harassment or judgement. If I commit a crime and find myself being incarcerated, I won’t have to worry about being in a men’s prison. I have never had to convince my mother that I am, in fact, a woman. When people see me, they know that I am a girl and do not assume that I was born otherwise.

I have cisgender privilege. Cisgender, as defined by Oxford University Press Dictionaries is:

Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; not transgender.

I have never had to worry about getting bullied in school because of my gender identity. I have not been spat on because of my gender identity. I have not been kicked because of my gender identity, I have not been beaten because of my gender identity and I have not been murdered because of my gender identity.

I consider myself to be an ally to the LGBTQI community. I feel especially connected to the trans community in particular. Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to hear the

Laverne Cox, riding as the grand marshall at the 2014 NYC Pride Parade

gorgeous and talented Laverne Cox speak at Mohawk College in Hamilton, and it was an eye opening and life changing experience. Before that, I had considered myself to be an ally, taking the time to educate myself on issues related to the LGBTQI community. After hearing Laverne speak, I realized that being an ally should not just consist of being educated and supportive, but also using my cis privilege to raise awareness, and become active in trying to improve the rights and lives of trans people. This is why I plan on using my title as Miss Teenage Six Nations, to raise awareness to the struggles trans people face in everyday life, things that I as a cis person take for granted, like using the womens bathroom without harassment, and not being told that I am lying about my gender when I check off “female” on a form or questionnaire.

In 2014, I traveled to New York City for a few days during the summer, and one day happened to to be the annual Pride Parade. It was an amazing, hot, sweaty, fun-filled 5

At the NYC Pride Parade with my cousins!

hours of screaming, chanting, flag waving and selfie-taking. Afterwards, I had awful tan lines and a mountain of freebies. But it wasn’t just about the free stuff and awesome floats. While watching the parade go by, I realized that for the people in this parade, it was more than simply a parade. It was a place where their sexuality and gender and gender expression is accepted and celebrated. In a society where straight is the norm, there aren’t many places where people can express themselves and their identity freely without being judged, let alone having it welcomed with open arms. These are people who grew up in a society that uses “gay” as an insult, uses their gender as a punchline, and murders over someones identity. It goes without saying that this is not an ideal society to grow up in as someone who identifies as anything other than heterosexual.

Creating a more accepting society is important to me. With my title, I hope to make it important to others too.

xoxo

Aleria

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Hello all! Welcome to my blog!

I am very blessed and thrilled to announce that I am your new Miss Teenage Six Nations 2015!

Olive watching Miss America being crowned

To say I am excited for the opportunity to participate in Miss Teenage Canada would be an understatement. Going to nationals is a literal dream come true for me. Since I was 11 years old, I have watched the winners get crowned, followed their journeys, rooted for my favourites as they went for the crown at nationals, and eagerly awaited for the day when it would be my turn to walk across that stage. It wouldn’t be wrong to compare me to Olive Hoover from Little Miss Sunshine, pretending to be the winner as she watches Miss America being crowned. This is a bit off topic, but Little Miss Sunshine also happens to be one of my all-time favourite movies.

Honestly, simply being able to participate in Miss Teenage Ontario was a huge accomplishment for me. I have been doing pageants for a few years now, but they’ve all been smaller local pageants. The main goal of all of those were to practice my public speaking skills, since it has always been hard for me to do things like that. I have dealt with generalized panic disorder and social anxiety almost my entire life, and I use performing as a way to cope with these.

Our competitive company being silly and taking selfies after the year end showcase

Dancing is one of the types of performance I use, and it has always been a huge part of my life. Simply being onstage has a tremendous positive effect on me. When I dance, I am never nervous from the fact that I’m in front of a crowd. It’s always exhilarating; it’s a feeling I savour. For me, dance is the moment I step onstage and the music begins. That’s what makes the hours put into perfecting a routine worth it.  This is why dancing is one of my main passions.

Well, I suppose this would be a good time for a proper introduction. My name is Aleria and I am 15 years old. As you already know, I love pageants and dancing. I also write short stories, and I enjoy theatre. Honestly, I love everything related to the arts. Music, singing, dancing, acting. Music is a big part of my life, and I love all styles. As I write this, White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes, my current favourite song is on repeat. I’m also a huge movie junkie, I love anything from horror to indie to romantic comedy and everything inbetween. If you give me an open schedule and a rainy day, I can spend hours

My friends and I, dressed up for Halloween!

on Netflix rewatching my favourite movies. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I love staying busy and doing things with my friends. My friends are super important to me, and I love spending time with them. We love laughing together, and hang out whenever we can. Besides that, I’m very interested in astronomy. I love space and knowing that we are only a tiny part of a vast and infinite universe. This is why I plan to study astrophysics, so I can learn more about our universe and how it works.

I reside in the large, but close-knit community, Six Nations of the Grand River. We are the most highly populated reservation in Canada, with approximately 25 000 band members. I try my best to be connected to my culture, and it is something very close to my heart. On my mothers side, I am Haudenosaunee and Ojibway. On my fathers side, I am Cree and Dene. There are also small traces of Metis on both sides. My area hasn’t had a representative since 2011, so I am very honoured and proud to be representing my beautiful and supportive reserve on a national level. I look forward to what my future holds, stay tuned for more updates throughout my reign!

XOXO,

Aleria

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“Carole can fix it” is a new half hour reality makeover show. Carole, obviously is the star of the show. The cameras are going to be following her around in her everyday life. Whats interesting about this makeover show is that Carole just randomly picks people off of the streets unexpectidly. She then tells them her opinion, and asks them if she can help change there style. Carole then takes them to her home to start fixing their hair and makeup. After all that is done, she takes them to a store to start shopping. That is the best part. Carole is also a shopaholic so this is her way of using her shopping addiction to help other people. Carole feels she is just helping the world, one person at a time.

Sponsors

I feel that my t.v. show would really benefit from goody (http://www.goody.com) and stylexchange (http://www.stylexchange.com) and they could also have equal opportunities to benefit from me. While doing hair, I could be using all goody products and promoting them. And while shopping I could only shop at stylexchange to promote their shop, and clothing. It would be great publicity for both brands.

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What is “Free The Children” ?

Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children, through education. There are more than one million youth involved in the innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Free The Children was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, an international child rights activist.

Where did it all begin?

Free The Children began with a young grade 7, named Craig Kielburger. One morning while looking through the paper for the comics he came across a headline that read “Battled Child Labor, Boy, 12, Murdered”. A Pakistani boy, had escaped child slavery at age nine and, was speaking up for child rights when he was murdered at age 12. Craig seen this and took it to his classroom that day and asked if anyone would help him speak up for child rights for this young boy. Eleven hands shot up, and  Free The Children was born.

Our Contributions

As one of our duties for the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant, each delegate is suppose to raise $400 or more. I have raised atleast $500 so far. I’ve been regularly fundraising at my community bingo hall, selling 50/50 tickets and scratchboards. I’ve also sold tickets for a hockey pool board for the stanley cup. My family has helped me fundraise alot for the charity.

Partners

There are many partners that help Free The Children, the one that caught my eye was  B. B.  is a brand of toys. They believe that all children of the world deserve a chance at childhood. One toy bought here helps a child across the world, it sounds as if they were made to be partners with Free The Children. The charity recieves 10¢ from every B. toy purchased.

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