It was October of 2014. A young man named Alex, of the Maliseet Nation, had just come out of his first fast -- an Indigenous ceremony where he abstained from food, water, & contact with the outside world for four days. Alex was on a journey of sobriety & self-discovery, finding himself in a more meaningful way through his Aboriginal culture of language, sweat lodges, & working as an addictions counselor within his community. A young woman named Savvy, of the Mi'kmaq Nation, was soon coming to speak to the youth in his community. She is a motivational speaker who has found herself through culture also, & even started a language movement to help others do the same. Alex was intrigued, so he decided to contact her. She got back to him that very night, & they talked & talked until 5 a.m., becoming instant friends. A couple of months later, Savvy happened to be in town, & Alex asked her on a date -- he even mustered the courage to give her a goodnight kiss! They quickly fell in love & have been committed to each other ever since.
In May of 2015, Savvy & Alex both realized they had met someone that they wanted to start a family with, so they decided to try to get pregnant. As fate would have it, they were expecting within a month! Their son is due to be born on February 10th,2016, & they could not be happier. They are extremely grateful for this wonderful gift form the Creator, & are excited to raise him in a loving & sober home, surrounded by his culture. For them, this is an opportunity to help break the negative cycles forced on to Native people through colonization -- it's their chance to instill the cultural pride & identity that so many of their people were robbed of as children.
A few months later, while doing his second fast, Alex realized he wanted to make his life-long commitment to Savvy & their son official, so on November 1st, 2015, he asked Savvy to marry him & she said yes!
Savvy has been sober her entire life, having been inspired by her Migitjo's (Grandmother's) example to walk that path. Alex has been sober for almost two years, after having struggled withuaddiction & alcoholism during his teen years & early twenties. They are both Native role models who devote much of their time & energy to helping their people overcome the damaging after-effects of colonization. As a motivational speaker & workshop facilitator, Savvy travels all over Turtle Island (North America) inspiring people with talks about sobriety, self-love, entrepreneurship, & healthy relationships. She also keeps culture alive & promotes positivity through her various clothing lines. Alex currently works as an Aboriginal Student Support Worker in the public school system, bringing culture into the academic lives of Aboriginal youth. He is very passionate about ceremonial practices such as sweat lodges & fasting, as a way to maintain sobriety, grow as an individual, & to help others.
Together, Savvy & Alex have started a movement called Red Road Tribe -- a community attempting to bring together & inspire sober people all over the world. As they both know, walking the Red Road can often cause one to feel alone, but by connecting with others who are trying to live the same lifestyle, they believe sobriety & wellness can become a more attractive path to all people. They have delivered workshops together from Alaska to Quebec City, & love sharing there stories in hopes that it might help someone else.
They are planning a traditional Native wedding in Fredericton, N.B., in August of 2016, & can't wait to celebrate their love with family & many friends!