About / ᓈᓂᑖᐤ

Warrior Women is a collective, a drumming group, a mother and daughter who are rooted in tradition, and ambassadors of their knowledge. Matricia and Mackenzie Brown are Warrior Women.

Warrior Women Inc. is a 100% Indigenous and Women owned business. It encompasses education to all levels, a variety of corporate training, Indigenous tourism experiences, arts and craft workshops, and a variety of Indigenous products including, art, beading, leatherwork, and an Indigenous line of Bitters. 

Warrior Women Inc. operates primarily in Jasper Alberta, but the company has serviced all areas of Alberta and internationally. We attend conferences in several provinces, and have accompanied Travel Alberta to represent Indigenous Tourism in San Diego at the biggest Travel Trade Conference in December 2020, in New York city for GoMedia in January 2019. We also represented Canada with a showing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa in March 2019 on behalf of Global Affairs Canada. Warrior Women also works as Indigenous Representatives for the Canadian Council with both live and online ceremonies to welcome new Canadian Citizens. We are honored to represent our Culture in this way. 

Matricia Bauer / Isko-achitaw waciy / ᐃᐢᑯ ᐃᐦᒋᑕ ᐘᒋᕀ

Matricia has had the privilege of sharing her culture over the last 20 years to schools throughout the Yellowhead Region. Matrcia is a singer, songwriter, musician, drummer and an artist.

Matricia teaches drum making and leather binding, makes moccasins, traditional fur mittens, and other traditional workshops that you can register for here.

She has her own jewelry line infusing First Nations culture into modern jewelry designs.

Warrior Women is headed up by visionary Matricia Bauer. Her traditional name is: Isko-achitaw waciy / ᐃᐢᑯ ᐃᐦᒋᑕ ᐘᒋᕀ, She Who Moves Mountains; A name received from Elder, Frieda Maynard. She hails originally for Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. 

Warrior Women operates from Jasper Alberta, but Matricia has travelled all over the world as an ambassador of Indigenous Tourism, recently in New York as a TED talk speaker! Before that she was in Germany and London with Destination Canada, Travel Alberta, Tourism of Canada and Tourism of Alberta promoting authentic Indigenous experiences, Province of Alberta, and Canada!

Matricia herself is a keynote speaker, drummer, singer, artist and a certified guide leading plant walks in the Rocky Mountains. She also appears on APTN as a Bears’ Lair winner, and a host for the show “Back to Roots” Season 2. 

Matricia recently launched another company called Wisakipakos-indigenousbitters.ca. (Don’t be bitter; be better!) She is working towards completing her Tea Sommolier. 

Matricia is happiest harvesting her traditional medicines in the bush and making them into medical concoctions. Her passion is to introduce all the beautiful parts of her culture to the world. Her tag line is to “Indigenize the world, one drum beat at a time”

Awards & Recognition

  • Esquao Award for Art and Culture 2021.
  • Artist for the Arts – Award recipient 2012 – Arts on Fire
  • University of Calgary – Voice Performance
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Teacher
  • Overall Jewelry Award   Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival 2012
  • Mayors Artist Award Jasper 2015
  • Senior Voice Recipient 2010    Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival
  • Collaborative Winner Jewelry Category-2009 Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival
  • Aboriginal Woman’s Day recipient-Edson Friendship Centre 2005
  • Member of “Lavocabella” www.lavocabella.com

Thank you both for being the highlight of the media dinner in New York. And thanks for your continued collaboration.

Tulene Steiestol
Director of Business Development — Tourism Jasper

Mackenzie Brown / Kamamak / ᑲᒫᒪᐠ

Mackenzie Brown is a First Nations Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, currently residing in Otoskwanihk, Calgary. She is a performer, drummer, story teller, tourism entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate. Mackenzie and her mom perform as “Warrior Women”. They drum and teach around Alberta and globally for the annual Jasper Dark Skies Festival, International Media Marketplace in New York City, Abidjan Africa for MASA, and more.

Along with drumming, Mackenzie is also an avid acrylic and mural artist, as well as a traditional First Nations crafts artisan. Her art has been featured in many galleries across Alberta. She has featured murals for the City of Calgary BUMP festival, in Jasper, Edmonton and sold to people travelling worldwide at Jasper Park Lodge.
She is the recent recipient of the 2019 Esquao Award for Children’s Future, 2019 Indigenous Woman of the Year from the Alberta Assembly of First Nations and Top 30 under 30 From Alberta Corporation for Global Cooperation 2020 and MacEwan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award 2022. Mackenzie was also recently highlighted as the only Indigenous and Albertan artist on the reality TV show Landscape Artist of the Year Canada where she placed in the top 3 finalists.

Art Features

  • Mural paintings at Holy Redeemer High School, Jasper High School, Jasper Museum, Arcadia Brewing, Calgary BUMP 2021 and 2022.

Awards

  • Arts of Fire Outstanding Youth Artist 2013
  • Premiers Citizenship Award 2013
  • Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award 2014
  • Deans Medal of Academic Excellence 2018
  • Esquao Award 2019
  • Iskwew of the Year Award from the Alberta Assembly of First Nations 2019
  • Top 30 Under 30 from the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation 2020
  • McEwan University Distinguished Alumni Award 2022
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