Chevi’s mixed heritage of European and First Nation had influenced his belief that our shared histories makes us a stronger Canada. His mother, who is Cree, comes from a long line of family members who held Chief and Council positions on their reservation, which struck oil in the late 1970′s. His Cree ancestors were a part were of the negotiations of Treaty 6 with the Government of Canada that opened up the west to settlers.
Chevi graduated from Ponoka Composite High School in 2003. As a child Chevi was always curious about life beyond the reservation and small town life. This led him to begin his studies at Red Deer College studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, in hopes of traveling the world and learning about new cultures.
In Addition to his heavy workload at RDC, Chevi also attended evening classes for Make Up Artistry at Marvel College and graduated at the top of his class. His extremely innovative and creative personality combined with love of fine art canvas painting and make up artistry into a successful career. Chevi’s outlook is that “ Makeup is a natural extension of fine art painting, that the human face is like a canvas. Every time I paint a face it’s like I paint a masterpiece.” Chevi has worked for top fashion designers within Canada and is now one of the most sought after makeup artists in Alberta. Chevi continues to his perfect his art and is always eager for the next makeup project.
Chevi inspires the public to stand up for Social Equality and Anti- Bullying after homophobes attacked him in public on July 19, 2012. He is turning a negative and traumatic experience in his life into an opportunity to bring attention and exposure to one of the problems that is plaguing our society. On Aug 2nd 2012 Chevi led a successful March and Rally with speeches given from a number of Alberta’s Prominent Politicians such as Alberta Deputy Premier, Thomas Lukaszuk. His story gained much media attention and his message was heard loud and clear:
“I hope that my story helps someone know that it’s okay to be yourself, that it is okay to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. You are valued in our society. And life is worth living. “
Shortly after Chevi joined Edmonton’s Sexual Minorities Committee which works with Edmonton’s Police Services to further promote community safety. He made the decision that the march and rally should be a annual event and is currently creating a non profit organization that aims to build awareness on a problem plaguing society. So that incidents similar to his own traumatic assault do not happen to any other innocent Canadian families. August 2, 2013 will mark the second annual march and rally in Edmonton with a list of prominent representatives from New Democratic Party, Conservative, Liberal parties and community leaders speaking about safety and equality in Edmonton.
At the moment his project which has been selected to join the RBC Movers Shakers and Change Makers program! Which certain to contribute to building a healthier community, and ultimately, a healthier world. The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, as well as our companions at The RBC Foundation, are incredibly excited to work with him over the next year to accomplish him goals starting August 6, 2013 to August 2014.
Chevi is pursuing a undergraduates degree in Native Studies and Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Recently, Chevi had the unique opportunity to be a participant on the television series “Back in the Day” Season 2, where young urban First Nations are given the chance to live like their ancestors. The Leo Award winning series will air on APTN in Canada and Europe in 2013.
Chevi credits himself as an ambitious, and optimistic member of society who has a fun-loving attitude towards life. Chevi never lets himself forget what he set out to do – to dream big, achieve his goals, and most importantly remember who he is.