January 30, 2022
Cheyenne Isaac-Gloade is a Mi'gmaq business owner, designer, creator and beader. Originally from Listuguj, Quebec and now based in Millbrook, Nova Scotia.
Cheyenne grew up surrounded by her culture, language and the Mi'gmaw way of life. She is a jingle dress dancer in Pow Wow celebrations across Turtle Island and was featured in the music video "Powerless" by Halifax rapper Classified.
Her love of Mi'gmaq culture combines both past and present through her unique beaded creations such as earrings, necklaces, bangles, right her fashion and design label, Chey Designs. Her works of art have travelled across the country, worn by influencers, artists, respected officials and featured in films, media, music videos and more.
Like many people, Cheyenne faced a lot of hardship due to the pandemic, but one day it all turned around when she shared the exciting news that she would be working with Nike beading unique Indigenous designs for the brand.
The story of how this all came to be is filled with synchronicity, reconciliation and the reminder that what we perceive as insignificant actions can be the catalyst for significant change.
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Artist Christi Belcourt
Mi'kmaq activist Annie Mae Aquash
Watch Classified's video POWERLESS
January 17, 2022
As the omicron variant sweeps the globe with its high rate of infection, our health care systems continue to be over-extended, in-person appointments have been switched to phone calls, essential surgeries have been delayed, and terminally ill people have been forced to deal with the repercussions of a pandemic that has influenced access to fundamental care.
My friend Daniel Ross, owner of Ross Screenprint, shares how what seemed like a harmless tumble during a family ski trip turned into an uphill battle for a diagnosis. So what do you do when all your tests come back negative, but you know there is something incredibly wrong? Dan persevered in the face of resistance and in the end, saved his life.
January 4, 2022
As a creative person, it can be terrifying to share your work with the world. Whether it's a theatre performance, music, visual art or writing your first book, there's a certain amount of vulnerability that comes with exposing the deepest part of yourself with the world.
In this episode of Cara Jones Speaks I travel with one of my best friends, Nicole Spence, to her book launch in Parrsboro, NS. Nicole is nervous and has low expectations for the event, but what unfolds is something she was not prepared for.
Purchase Nicole's Book, Somewhere North of Where I Was
October 26, 2021
Medical miracles are something that I have read about plenty of times over the years, but when one shows up in your life, it is shocking. The more I learn, the less I know. My mother waking up from her semi-conscious state proves that. What would you do if you were given a second chance? What conversations would you have? What relationships would you mend? As my mother says at the end of this episode, "Second chances? Well, you are damn lucky to get one."
October 11, 2021
Two of Ottilia's girls needed a foster mother, and I was more than happy to step up to the responsibility even though I was struggling financially as a single mother. Sometimes the most prominent teachers in life come in the smallest packages. The girls taught me many lessons, but the one that continues to stays with me is the life lesson in learning to let go.
October 10, 2021
Our united families come together to find our new normal after the death of beloved mother and family friend, Dr. Ottilia Chareka. One day I have a psychic vision so powerful I rush to my mother's house to tell her about it. But, unfortunately, she finds out the hard way that having this ability doesn't make a difference if people won't listen.
October 10, 2021
After the murder of our family friend Dr. Ottilia Chareka, our world changed forever. My parents, along with many members of our community, stepped in to help Ottilia's children as they began the long journey of healing. Shortly after my mother suffered a severe stroke that left her in a semi-conscious state for six years. I mourned my mother who was alive but not living. Then the unthinkable happened. This is the untold story of how life presented us with a second chance.