Courtney-Dawn Anaquod

Courtney-Dawn Anaquod, Proud Anishinaabe Cree-Métis Woman originally from Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation of the treaty four territory, is more than just a beautiful face. She is the mother of two children, a jigging champion and instructor, the founder of Qu’Appelle Valley Square Dancers, a model, a youth and young parent mentor and a mental health advocate.

Courtney is a self-taught jigger, and her inspiration comes from her father and grandparents. She’s been involved with Métis jigging and square-dancing for the past twenty-seven years and has been instructing workshops for the past fourteen years. She is known for jigging in stilettos.

Anaquod recently graced the stages and runways of Santa Fe, NM and New York City. She was recognized with the FSIN Strength of Our Women Award in the Arts & Entertainment category, won Indigenous Model of the Year in 2020 and has been featured in magazines and films. Anaquod has also obtained a diploma in the Mental Health & Wellness field, which will enable her to serve Indigenous and Métis communities throughout Canada.

Being a survivor of domestic violence, a single mother on welfare and a recovering alcoholic who has worked to overcome and break the cycles of intergenerational trauma from the impacts of residential schools, Courtney-Dawn has faced her share of obstacles and barriers throughout her life. She continues to carry on the Anaquod legacy by sharing her talents with youth across Saskatchewan, Northern Saskatchewan and Canada. Courtney-Dawn is proud to keep the traditions of Métis culture and dancing alive.

Photographer: Tira Howard
Designer: Jason Baerg