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Lisa Charleyboy: Native entrepreneur shines on many stages





Lisa Charleyboy shares the story of ICEIS Rain, the alter-ego of Massey Whiteknife, a successful Native entrepreneur in Alberta:
ICEIS Rain is quite the belle of the ball. She is a fun-loving, empowered woman who likes to dress up, perform, sing, and be the center of attention.

Massey Whiteknife is a 34 year-old male living in Fort McMurray, Alberta who overcame childhood sexual abuse, bullying, and survived gang rape to become an award-winning entrepreneur operating a multi-million dollar business.

ICEIS Rain and Massey Whiteknife are the same person. They live in the same body, but each have their own passions, pursuits and presence.

Aboriginal people are two times more likely than non-Aboriginal people to experience violent victimization, and aboriginal youth between the age of 15 – 34 are two and a half times more likely to be the experience violent victimization than Aboriginal people over the age of 35.

These harrowing statistics give evidence of the sheer amount of Aboriginal people who have to overcome many issues and adversity to survive, much less to thrive.

Whiteknife, 34, from Mikisew Cree First Nation leveraged his trauma coping mechanisms so that they worked for him, rather than against him. When he was diagnosed with disassociated post-traumatic stress disorder in his early adulthood, he created an alter-ego named ICEIS Rain as one of his coping mechanisms.

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