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RMWB to Host Famous Tik Toker Andrew “Dreadful” Bird Virtually

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From his “3 Steps to Navigating Anything” TEDx talk to his motivational messages on Tik Tok – Andrew “Dreadful” Bird is a well-known Indigenous motivational speaker. He is headlining the third event in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) It’s Time to Talk: Indigenous Speaker Series virtually on Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Bird grew up on a reserve. He is also a heavyweight professional wrestler, and has taken the TEDx stage twice. He “encourages thousands daily to find peace in life through messages,” according to the RMWB’s official news release. Growing up he lived in many different homes, “attended a few different schools, faced homelessness and was raised by his single mother. He chased and achieved a childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler, which led to meeting his wife, having their son.”

He also founded Bird’s Nest, a non-profit for First Nation youth, to help them with their life goals.

In an email comment to YMM Magazine, Bird says, “I plan on sharing a few of the significant stories from my life, some tips that have helped me to achieve the things that I have and I'll have some time to answer whatever questions that may come up.”

Lauren Golosky, RMWB Indigenous and Rural Relations Advisor notes, “We are thrilled to have Andrew Bird join us and share his inspirational life story, as well as some uplifting tips. The Indigenous Speaker Series is an important platform to amplify Indigenous voices, making room for Indigenous people to tell their own stories. The objective of the series is to raise awareness of the issues, historical and modern, that impact Indigenous Peoples today, in addition to highlighting their strengths, contributions, and achievements.”

“Andrew Bird was chosen as an inspiring example of strength and overcoming adversity. Through his social media, he’s become a beacon of hope for many during these challenging times, and as such, we wanted to share his story and advice with people here in Wood Buffalo,” adds Golosky.

The discussion will involve a few interactive exercises as well as a question and answer session. Interested participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event. To register, please email: participate@rmwb.ca.

And, if you haven’t checked out @dreadfulbird yet, you are highly encouraged to see his work on TikTok, where Bird has over 800.9K growing followers.

KIRAN MALIK-KHAN

Kiran is a national award-winning communications specialist, freelance journalist, and social media consultant. She loves telling community stories, and is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, women’s rights, and multiculturalism. Got story ideas? Contact her via Twitter: @KiranMK0822.

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