Erica Marie Daniels (Animki Mukwa Ikwe – Thunder Bear Woman) is a young filmmaker, inspirational speaker and Youth Leader.
A member of Peguis Cree Nation, Erica is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she specializes in video production, photography, and graphic design. She shares a message of hope to encourage Aboriginal Youth to pursue their full potential and follow their dreams.
Erica is a graduate from the National Screen Institute’s New Voices Program and has been recognized for her work in the visual arts by receiving the 2012 City of Winnipeg Youth Role Model Award, 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, and as a National Youth Panelist at the 2014 Cando Business Conference. She has recently been nominated for a YWCA Young Women of Distinction Award and was a keynote speaker for the UpStarts Youth Entrepreneur Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon in May 2015.
Erica has a passion for working with Youth in her community by connecting them with their identity as First Nations people of our homeland. She became connected to her culture and identity in 2011 when she attended her first ceremony at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation and has been learning from her Indigenous elders ever since. She currently runs a cultural program at a community centre for youth. Erica’s first feature documentary entitled Mikinakay – Trail of the Turtle, highlighting ancient Indigenous knowledge and youth rediscovering their identity through ancient rites of passage will premiere in Winnipeg in March 2016.
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