Aretha Greatrix is of Cree descent from Kashechewan First Nation (Albany Band). She began graduated in 2005 with a Certificate in Digital and Interactive Media, specializing in 3D modelling. Aretha decided to increase her skills by completing a Bachelor of Applied Communications in Writing Degree from Grant MacEwan University in 2012. Aretha has spent her summers and few years after school working for non-profits that work with Edmonton urban Aboriginal population. Her passions are filmmaking and working with youth.
Aretha currently sits on three non-profit boards; she is the Chair of Wicihitowin Society, President of First Alberta Campus Radio Association (FACRA) 88.5 FM, and Treasurer of Aboriginal Congress of Alberta Association. Aretha wants to be the leader that inspires others to follow their passions and to use every opportunity to grow their skills.
Aretha began working with youth in 2011 when she worked as a communication intern for Center for Native American Youth. And it has been the beginning of a career of mentoring youth to build self-esteem and follow their passions.
“I have always said that growing up in Alberta when my family is in Ontario; I didn’t have a close relationship with my aunties and uncles. And because I know what a gap that has been in my life, I want to be there for all my nieces and nephews. And I’ve adopted a lot of nieces and nephews.”