Spirit River Striped Wolf is from the Piikani Nation (Aapatohsipikani) which helps make up the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi). His Blackfoot name is Iyimakoyiomahka which describes an enduring running wolf. Spirit River, in his own journey, has learned from his own experience of colonial trauma. Spirit River has dedicated his life to improving the conditions of Indigenous Peoples through advocacy, activism, volunteering, and leadership initiatives since his adolescence. He currently attends Mount Royal University undertaking his BA in Policy Studies. He, along with a professor, co-founded a social enterprise called Otahpiaaki which focuses on supporting and empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs and realizing the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board’s report, Reconciliation: Growing Canada’s Economy by $27.7 Billion. Spirit River was elected as President for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University for a second term and will serve in this role for one year until April 2022.
Spirit River is a public speaker, a workshop facilitator for Indigenization & Decolonization, as well as for Anti-Racism training.