My name is Falon Manywounds and I am proud to introduce myself as the 2020 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess. I am from the Tsuut’ina Nation and my traditional Dene name is Xani-tii Tsika Digoy Chadita, which translates to Holy White Buffalo Woman.
I’ve completed a Diploma in Nutrition Science and a Diploma in Personal Training. I always wanted to learn about the human body and how it works, and enjoy motivating people through both diet and exercise. In my spare time, I like to bead, sew and be out in nature – I also enjoy skateboarding.
Applying to become the First Nations Princess has always been a goal of mine. I knew this opportunity would allow me to be a role model for younger generations and inspire others to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. I also saw it as the perfect way to proudly represent First Nations peoples and share our culture and traditions with the world.
I knew in my heart that this is what I wanted and that I would regret it if I didn’t push myself to pursue my dream. Going through the competition was an amazing experience, from sharing the jingle dance at the Community Fall Fair to meeting so many amazing people. Even before I was crowned, I had already done so much.
The day of the crowning will be one I never forget. Standing on the stage waiting for the winner to be announced, I couldn’t believe I had made it to this point. I took a deep breath and then I heard Dana Peers, President & Chairman of the Board, say my name. I thought I was dreaming. I didn’t know if I should cry or smile. I thanked all my ancestors for helping me achieve my goal. It was the most amazing feeling ever; all my hard work had paid off.
Now that I’m the 2020 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess, I’m looking forward to attending events throughout the year, meeting even more wonderful people, experiencing the 10 days of Stampede as the First Nations Princess, and sharing and educating people about the history of the Calgary Stampede and Elbow River Camp, presented by Enbridge. I will also strive to make sure I am a role model for other youth hoping to follow in my footsteps. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to everything in store for me during my reign.