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The Spotlight- Elicia Munro Sutherland

Meet Elicia Munro- Sutherland:

Sibling to 10, mother to 2,

aunt to 5 and an inspiration to all

Elicia has it all, she is a mother to two adorable girls, university student at the First Nations University of Canada, photographer, international model but most importantly, a woman who gained strength from all adversities.

 “Traveler” is a perfect word to define her, growing up on the road and constantly moving all over North America.  Moving at least three times a year, she called many different reserves, small towns, big cities her home and have been to over 20 different schools throughout her life. Hence, her blog is called “Indi Adventurer” until she found herself back in Saskatoon, Canada.

  

Every diamond has been hardened with high temperatures and this is true with Elicia. Within her family was a ripple effect of intergenerational trauma. She knew loss at a very young age when she lost her brother and almost her mother too. She is a sexual abuse and attempted suicide survivor. During those times, there was nothing but darkness and it seemed like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. When she became a teenager, partying became her way of coping until she decided to start her journey to healing four years ago.

In 2013, this brave woman started walking the red road, attending ceremonies, & dedicated her time to the production Silent Survivors to help keep her focused. It was also during this time that she starting dating the love of her life and now, they are blessed with two beautiful girls. Both of them currently own successful businesses. She has travelled the world modelling and is currently going to University to become a Social Worker. People make it seem like its impossible to do and that your life ends after you have kids, for her, life has just begun. By believing in herself, Elicia has turned her life around and there is definitely no looking back. So, read on and follow her adventures. Hiy Hiy.

                               

THE INTERVIEW

What are you passionate about?

BALANCE- I always try to maintain that balance from within  and strive to be the best version of myself for my daughters, partner, family, and friends

LIFE-  I am passionate about learning new things and living life fearlessly

VOYAGE- I love food and travelling especially when I’m doing it people close to my heart

ART- Expressing myself creatively in every way possible keeps me inspired every single day

COMMUNITY-   I am passionate about helping and supporting others, through this I hope that they can also be the best version of themselves.

How did you start your journey?

I started my journey when I came into this world of ours. Since then everything I’ve been through has helped shaped and bring me to where I am now but my real journey started four years ago when I decided to become sober.

That’s when I felt everything started to fall into place and my dreams as a little girl are coming to life. I turned to my first nation culture and started to attend ceremonies to stay grounded. I was acting in the production called Silent Survivors, a story about residential school told through the power and beauty of traditional dance. The production educated me and brought me to an awakening where it helped me to stay focused on the red road and to become a better person.

Shortly after I became pregnant and was still on stage acting with my first baby growing in my tummy and also same with my second I was acting at the Broadway Theatre with my other daughter growing in my tummy. They’re 11 months apart and now ages 1 & 2 soon to be 2 & 3. After I had my babies that’s when I got back into modeling again. When I was younger my parents would take me to calls and I’d make it to the next steps of the signings but we could never afford the rest. Now that I’m old enough I can do these things for myself.

I started again by going to model calls and walking in fashion shows. I started dancing powwow again and was initiated into the circle alongside my baby sister. I remember one day I was telling my partner my love for photography and what I wanted my work to stand for so he comes home with a camera one day. The next lens, the next another lens, & he just kept them coming because he believed in my dream. I wanted my work to be based around Indigenous peoples and to show the true beauty of our people and culture. To show that we are not the stereotype that others make us out to be and that’s what I’m continuing to do but my photography also helped me make my way into the fashion industry as well.

                       

A designer I followed for years on social media and finally got the chance to meet named Helen Oro of Helen Oro Designs asked me to go model for her in Australia and the United Kingdom for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and London Fashion Week. Of course, I accepted. I did training in Australia for the Global Indigenous Runway Project, walked on their runway and also danced fancy for the opening of Canada. I walked in London Fashion Week and even got the chance to shoot during my fashion week in London because of her and I remember in that moment I felt so happy that I could cry. They were both experiences I’ll cherish forever and I’ll always be grateful for Helen Oro for giving me the opportunities of a lifetime. Also this upcoming weekend we will be traveling to British Columbia for the Fashion Speaks International Fashion Show to help raise funds and awareness for our missing and murdered indigenous sisters. After that we will be on our way to Edmonton, Alberta for Western Canada Fashion Week.

What inspires you?

I believe inspiration can be derived from anything and everything! But one thing that really inspires me most is people who live without fear especially those who are not afraid to be themselves. My partner and daughters are also the source of my strength... they inspire me to be a better person each and every day. They are my everything and my reason for doing what I do.

What is one thing that you cannot say NO to?

One thing I cannot say no to is... food, travelling, and my family.

What are your goals in the next 5 years?

My goals in the next 5 years is to get my degree, get married, hopefully have a baby boy, move to the west coast, further my education, be my own boss, have a successful business, & travel, travel, travel.

If a young girl comes up to you and tells you she wants to be like you when she grows up, what is your response?

I would say.. I was just like you when I was your age and the best advice I got was - you are YOU and that’s what makes you special. No one can take that from you, so own it.

Elicia is truly one in a million, she continues to inspire more and more through her photography and modelling. For more information, follow her accounts:

Facebook - EliciaMunro Photography
​Personal Instagram- @eliciamunro
Photography Instagram- @eliciamunrophoto

Contact:
Personal Email –eliciamunro@hotmail.com
Photography Email- eliciamunrophoto@hotmail.com

                                   

Or follow her adventures at:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/indigadventurer/

Blog – www.indigadventurer.wordpress.com

Instagram- @IndigAdventurer

Twitter- @IndigAdventurer

   See you out there,