Donna Aubichon

Donna Aubichon

43 Years Old

Class of 2021

Fort Chipewyan’s Donna Aubichon works with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and volunteers in the community teaching traditional art and dance.

Living by the words, “Be kind, be humble,” she recently chatted with YMM about the words best used to describe her, the risks she’s taken, and the rewards she’s experienced.

YMM: What three words best describe you?

DA: I am a very proud Indigenous woman in everything I do. Culture and tradition plays a part in that.

I’m patient, as living in an isolated community you learn to march to the beat of your drum.

And I’m resilient. If you know, then you will understand.

YMM: What are you best at?

DA: I am best at teaching culture and tradition. I’m forever learning as well from my Elders, my parents, and my community.

YMM: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?

DA: The biggest challenge I’ve taken on this year was going back to school and working full time.

YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

DA: I am most proud of becoming a kokum (Cree for grandmother), and helping my community shine through Indigenous art.

YMM: Who is your hero?

DA: My heroes are my grandmas Velma Aubichon and Veronica Sinclair.

YMM: What motivates you?

DA: My grandchildren motivate me.

YMM: What is the most rewarding part of your career?

DA: The most rewarding part of my career is helping my community by keeping our traditional art going.

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