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Embracing Aboriginal Traditions & Community: Waneek Horn-Miller

As one of North America's most inspiring Native speakers, Waneek Horn-Miller is proud of her heritage and is highly involved in the aboriginal community. She recently signed on with the Manitobah Mukluks company to be the brand ambassador for the traditional, Canadian-made footwear. “This is a success story," Waneek Horn-Miller says of the Manitobah Mukluks company in an interview. "I love the product and the people involved. Everyone is personable, down-to-earth and family-oriented, just like the aboriginal culture."

Horn-Miller is a Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal. She lived through the Oka crisis in 1990, and now delivers riveting keynotes aimed at bridging the gap and repairing the relationship between natives and non-natives. She is also directly involved with the native community and works with the Assembly of First Nations to develop their sport, fitness and health strategy, and speaks to Aboriginal youth to encourage them to pursue higher education. She draws on her experiences as the former co-captain of Canada's Olympic women's water polo team to teach her audiences how to build self-esteem through a balance of education and sport.

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