Fort Erie resident Kya Steinbach-Parker to appear in episode of ‘Warrior Up!’

Kya Steinbach-Parker says she wants to do whatever she can to serve the Indigenous community.

The 19-year-old member of the Mi’kmaq/Seneca Nation from We’koqma’q, Nova Scotia has lived her whole life in Fort Erie.

While a student at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS), she began her education activism.

‘Warrior Up!’, a new 13-episode documentary series, premiered on streaming service APTN (Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network) Lumi and on APTN’s legacy TV channel at the beginning of May.

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The series showcases “Indigenous youth from all across Turtle Island who are passionately transforming their communities, their lands and their own lives for the better.”

One episode focuses on Steinbach-Parker and her classmates at GFESS as they commemorate Canada’s Day of Truth and Reconciliation and then travels to Soaring Eagles School in Fonthill, where she got her activist start in middle-school.

Steinbach-Parker also shares that her mother was an infant of the infamous Sixties Scoop, and is inspired by meeting Judge Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Later in the episode Steinbach-Parker and host Joel Oulette walk in a Truth and Reconciliation march starting at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, sharing her vision for education and reconciliation with the crowd.

Additional filming for the episode took place in Winnipeg.

According to producers, Steinbach-Parker was chosen for the series based on her work promoting Truth and Reconciliation through education.

Steinbach-Parker told Fort Erie Radio how upon learning that an Indigenous history course was not being offered, she mobilized her fellow students to show enough interest in the class for the school’s principal to make a change and the course available.

“That was the catalyst of my activism,” she said.

She also served in a number of student leadership roles including as Indigenous student trustee with the District School Board of Niagara.

The episode is not her first foray into the entertainment industry. Steinbach-Parker previously appeared in a couple public service announcements and commercials.

In her gap year–she will be studying psychology at the University of British Columbia this fall–she also had the opportunity to have a supporting role on an Apple+ series filming in Montreal over the winter and early spring.

In fact, the size of the film industry in B.C. is partially why she choose to attend university in that province.

Steinbach-Parker says she has a lot of passions she is working on, but notes she wants to continue acting. Her episode of ‘Warrior Up!’ will be airing July 13, 2024.

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