Inspire YXE
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Greg Denie

Canadian-based spoken word artist and arts-educator Greg Denie (AKA Poet Reason) is well known and well-respected for his ability to speak from the heart. It is this heart, in combination with courage and his relationship to personal struggle, that allows him to craft and present poems that are sincere, direct, and always deeply human. 

Greg’s poetry and as his career as a motivational speaker, each emphasize the power of personal narrative. As a person who lost his father to cancer at the age of 11, and dealt, subsequently, with the challenges of a single-parent household, Greg is well-acquainted with grief and adversity.

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Tarrant Cross Child

After winning the Saskatchewan Marathon in 1998 Tarrant Cross Child was set to rise through the Canadian long distance running ranks, but addiction to alcohol and gambling took over his life in the years following.

An attempt to take his own life in 2014 led Tarrant into a rehabilitation program. During his year-long stay in rehabilitation Tarrant began running again - and he hasn’t stopped since. Tarrant is now training with a high-performance running group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and sharing his message of hope and restoration with people across North America. In 2015, along with his wife and four children, Tarrant founded Child of the Cross Running Clinics, which has reached thousands of youth to date. Through these clinics, Tarrant encourages indigenous youth to live an active lifestyle and to make positive, healthy choices. Tarrant is an ambassador of Brainsport Running Store in Saskatoon and an ambassador of New Balance Running Shoes. Tarrant holds nothing back when sharing an open and honest message about mental illness, addiction, and how he found the hope and strength to overcome.

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Jaira Cross Child

Jaira Cross Child is an athlete and a student. She is in grade 11 and she competes in the sport of track and field and cross country. When she is not training with the Saskatoon Track and Field club, studying, or working at Brainsport you can find her either spending time with her friends and family, writing and reading at one of her favourite coffee shops, enjoying the outdoors, or sharing her story about her family's journey with other youth. Jaira is a 3x provincial champion. She won the 3k midget cross country race, and she has two provincial gold medals in the 3000m. Jaira also competed in the North American Indigenous games in Toronto this past summer and brought home 5 gold medals for Team Saskatchewan. Jaira loves helping with Child of the Cross Running Clinics and sharing the joy of running with young athletes.

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Marvin Netmaker

Marvin Netmaker is a dynamic young man with a powerful voice. He is passionate to strengthen the hearts of young leaders and wants to see youth rise up to be all they were created to be. Marvin is determined to share the confidence that comes from living with purpose!

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Tina Bowle

Tina is a young woman with a story of abuse and resiliency. She wants to inspire young people by telling her story of overcoming and she wants youth to know they are not alone if they have faced abuse – and that there is hope and healing.