Have you had a chance to learn about our Powwow Princess, Simsimtko? She has spent the last twelve months traveling around the country visiting as many Powwows as she could!

Interested in being the next Powwow Princess? Application details can be found here.

Hello, my name is Simsimtko (Shimmering Water) Sallee Whitewing. I greet you with a warm heart and a friendly handshake. I come to you from the Nlaka’pamux people of Spences Bridge, BC, and I currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My tribes include Nlaka’pamux, Rosebud Lakota, Santa Domingo Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, and Winnebago Hochunk.

Simsimtko at Daybreak Star Cultural Center

I have been dancing ever since I could walk and I dance all 3 categories, Fancy, Jingle, and Traditional. I am 16 years old and I attend Carson Graham Secondary as a grade 11 student. In the future I plan to pursue a degree in Law at the First Nations University of Canada. The physical activities I enjoy are competitive swimming, long distance running, and hiking/adventuring the Northwest coast land. My greatest accomplishment was competing at the 2014-2017 North American Indigenous Games in competitive swimming where I won 6 sliver medals in total for Team BC.

In my community I talk to youth about suicide prevention, because the youth are the future generations to come. I believe it’s important to focus on school because education is the foundation upon which we build our future. Participating in Sports is learning to accomplish goals with success and knowing never to give up and having hope and turning dreams into reality. I also truly believe that Culture saves lives. We must keep our Native culture alive by being involved with ceremonies (spiritually), learning the language (mentally), dancing at powwows (physically), and most importantly, healing and well-being to live a healthy life (emotionally). Honoring the medicine wheel of balance by walking the red road which I strive to do each day. I am very honoured to represent the Daybreak Star community as the new Miss Seafair Princess and I will be a positive role model to Native youth and will travel to many powwows and events in Canada and the United States.