Stacey Fayant, B.F.A. Painting, Printmaking, B.A. Hons Women’s Studies (Regina)
Stacey graduated from Campion College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies in 2004.
During her time at university, Stacey recalls that above all, she felt included at Campion like she was amongst family: “I never felt like I was just another student in a long line of students. Somehow, they knew my name, they were helpful when I was confused. I always felt like they wanted me to be a success and be happy, like I was important to them. And anyone I talk to now who went to Campion had the same experience, somehow we were all special and important to each of them!”
When asked to name her top accomplishment, Stacey becomes introspective. She comes back with a simple, one-word answer: happiness. An explanation from someone who has learned to love themself: “I am finding it in myself to let me be happy and let myself find and do the things that make me happy.”
Happiness requires life balance. Stacey doesn’t just find the time, she makes time to dive in where her happiness lives: in dance, beadwork, sewing, teaching fitness, working at the library, plus time for a “wonderful partner and amazing little girl.”
When asked about future goals, Stacey says she doesn’t have any. But as she unfurls her thoughts and shares them, ideas present themselves. She considers effort and energy spent on her passions a worthwhile goal in itself: “I have things I work on, so I suppose that’s like goals. I love to dance, so I work on dance as much as I can… I want to never stop dancing, there’s a goal. I work on rediscovering things about my family and my culture in an effort to preserve them for my daughter.
I’m making a traditional fire bag right now, which is a bag many Indigenous peoples made and carried in the past. The Métis were well known for their beautiful beadwork on their fire bags. I’ve never seen one other than in pictures, so I am making one to hand down to my daughter. It has taken a lot of research and work, but it is almost done.”
Stacey’s involvement as a member of the Sakewewak Artist Collective is her way of ensuring that Indigenous people have the same opportunities to create art as she had. Before university, she had little exposure to the “Big ‘A’ art world: “University was my first real introduction to art, to the expression of very difficult, complicated feelings and ideas through creativity. Sakewewak gives those opportunities to Indigenous people, which I think is a wonderful thing.”