Michela Carrière was born and raised in the Saskatchewan River Delta. A proud Cree/Métis woman, Michela has an intimate connection to her heritage and her homeland.
Michela has gained extensive experience hunting and trapping game while working with her father, World Champion canoe paddler Solomon Carriere, who impressed on her the history, skills, and ethics of her ancestors.
She took part in her first major canoe expedition at 14, paddling across the province for 2 weeks to promote the Saskatchewan Centennial Canoe Quest. A professional canoe racer since age 11, Michela won her first national championship in 2007.
Receiving her post-secondary education in Horticulture allowed her to explore the blending of traditional herbal medicines with contemporary methods. Her journey as a herbalist continues as she integrates natural therapies into her personal life and work. Passing on her knowledge and experience through ecotherapy workshops, Michela advocates the harmonious use of herbal remedies and practices in modern life.
2018 saw Michela guide two major canoe expeditions: a 24 person, all-female canoe expedition conducted in cooperation with the University of Saskatchewan, and guide the cast and crew of a Discovery Channel documentary series (TBA).
Michela was invited as a keynote speaker at the 2018 ITAC Conference in Saskatoon, discussing the cultural influences in her ecotherapy tours. Aski Holistic Adventures was awarded Best Outdoor Indigenous Cultural Experience in Saskatchewan.
Wilderness First Responder
Map & Compass Navigation Certificate
Service Best Training, Tourism Saskatchewan
Horticulture Technician Program, Level 1 & 2, Vancouver Island University
Pleasure Craft Boaters Licence
Awards for Aski Holistic Adventures
Best Outdoor Indigenous Cultural Experience (2018 ITAC Conference)
First Place 2018 Aboriginal Youth Ideas Challenge
Aboriginal Business Women’s Entrepeneurship Network 2018 Pitch Competition winner