Outside Looking In: Inspiring Indigenous Youth with Innovative Programming

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54056/MJCZ8973

Keywords:

Outside Looking In, Charity and dance

Abstract

After a career as a professional dancer, Tracee Smith was looking for her next challenge in her mid-20s. Upon obtaining her MBA, Smith, a member of Missanabie Cree First Nation in northern Ontario, had to decide whether to completely leave her previous dance life behind. She chose not to. That proved to be a wise decision indeed, as for the past 16 years Smith has been serving as the CEO of Outside Looking In (OLI), a charity she founded. OLI has various components, but it is primarily known for its dance program. It will work with students in various Indigenous communities and then invite them to Toronto to showcase their dance program in front of an audience.

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Published

2024-02-06

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Lessons From Experience