WHITE BEAR FIRST NATIONS - Teagan Littlechief is a well-known and talented singer, but she has found other ways to have an impact on people’s lives.
Littlechief was born 35 years ago to Sara Littlechief and Russell Standingready. Her father passed away in 2015. Sara was recently married to Dave Poitras and all reside on the White Bear First Nations.
Early in life, Littlechief’s preschool teacher, Joanie Macdonald, saw an energetic little girl with an awesome voice. She received singing lessons from Shirley Dahlgren and had a very busy childhood, competing at singing and talent shows all over southeast Saskatchewan, including the Redvers Music Festival.
In 2001, she entered a country and western radio contest thru GX 940 radio in Yorkton. She won that talent contest the following year and in 2003 won the best country singer competition through Regina radio station 620 CKRM. Over the years, she entered many competitions including the Prince Albert Voices of the North Festival. The future appeared bright and the sky was the limit.
Shortly before graduating high school, Littlechief fell into severe depression and became addicted to both drugs and alcohol. She burned bridges in many musical performances over those years which has affected her road to the music industry.
In 2011, she gave birth to her handsome son Gabe. After leaving his dad to try her hand at sobriety, her life continued on a downhill spiral but in 2016, she released a hit single Scar On My Heart, penned by songwriter David Perlacky. It was a very popular song over the radio and internet airways and earned her substantial airplay.
Unfortunately, this windfall also contributed to magnifying her addiction problems. Her life continued on a downhill spiral.
On Nov. 3, 2017, Littlechief returned home from a weekend-long binge of drug and alcohol parties in Yorkton. The last message on her phone was from her mother, showing a picture of her son, dressed in blue and white hospital pyjamas. She fell exhausted into her mother’s arms.
Together with her mom and Vida McArthur, detoxification in Moose Jaw and cleansing began with a monthlong visit to the Pine Lodge Treatment Centre at Indian Head. She has never looked back.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Littlechief has always wanted to be an addictions counsellor. In 2021 she graduated from online learning through the Calgary Sundance College. She is currently the new addiction Counsellor/youth interprevention support worker at the White Bear Education Complex. Littlechief is proud of her teachings and accomplishments and loves working with students on an ongoing basis in preventing a life long torment with addictions.
Littlechief continues to sing on a regular basis and has recently performed at the Happy Nun Cafe, Fezziwigs at the Dickens Festival and with guitarist Morgan Turk at King’s Department Store. She continues to sing O Canada at many Regina Pats’ and Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games. It is her life-long ambition to sing at a Grey Cup.
Together with singer/songwriter Sean Hogan, Littlechief is re-releasing many of her songs written in previous years. She is receiving a lot of global attention over various streaming services in Ireland, Australia, Japan, and Italy.
Some of her hit singles include Vulnerable, a Heartbreak Song; Sleigh Ride; and Angeline. She is on the nominating ballot for this year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.
Littlechief enjoys ball, golf and hauling her son Gabe around to the many skating rinks in the area. This 10-year-old bundle of energy loves the sport of hockey and Littlechief told us that his favourite hockey player is Carlyle Cougar Dakota Rose.
She is very extroverted, which is well known by all of her friends and relatives. In addition, she has a heart of gold and would give anyone the shirt off her back. Littlechief has lived her life in the fast lane and has no intention of slowing down. She is extremely qualified in her field and works hard to help her fellow men, women and children cope and recover from their addictions.
Littlechief is a guest speaker at many high schools in southeast Saskatchewan and in fact next week is talking to students at the Stoughton School. She is on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and also has her own website at www.teaganlittlechief.com.
For being only 35 years old, there has been enough up and downs in Teagan’s life to write a novel. She simply exudes an aura of confidence and confided, “You know, when I get into a small group, I’m rather nervous and shy. But when I get up on the stage before hundreds, that feeling just goes away.”
Littlechief is a powerful singer and the Observer commends her on winning the addiction battle and her four plus years of total abstinence.