SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN — Local 18-year-old Valyncia Sparvier is competing in the 2022 Miss Canada Global Pageant.
In June of 2021, she graduated from high school, completing her last semester online through the Grenfell High School. She is the daughter of Brandy-Lee Maxie of White Bear First Nations and Ryan Sparvier of Crooked Lake.
Last year, she was highly recommended to enter the pageant by an acquaintance in Alberta. Sparvier had to provide an entry fee and is in the process of fundraising. She is scheduled to compete for the national title of Miss Canada Petite 2022 in August. To enter the petite category, one must be a height of five feet five or less and be between 18 and 29 years of age.
Other qualifications include being a citizen of Canada, must never have been married, and having no criminal record.
Miss Canada Globe Productions has been in operation since 2002. It is a national pageant that focuses on bringing out confidence in young Canadian women. Although considered a “beauty pageant”, MCGP focuses on inner beauty and self-love among contestants. They are judged on their talent, character, public speaking skills and participation in organizations and charities.
Despite her young age, Sparvier has led a very active and social life. She is a strong supporter of the fight against climate change and has also been a proactive environmentalist.
As a young girl in 2016, she attended the infamous Standing Rock protest of a pipeline being built in North Dakota. In 2017, she travelled down the Mississippi River, defending aboriginal lands from the proposed Enbridge Line Three Pipeline. It was called Paddle to Protect.
Sparvier has been a public speaker at several seminars all over Saskatchewan, including missing Indigenous women issues, political science subjects and matters relating to residential school survivors. She was also a CBC Saskatchewan Future Forty Bright Light Award winner. Sparvier is an accomplished pow-wow dancer.
Sparvier is proud to be representing southeast Saskatchewan in this national competition. She has her own talent coach and looks forward to competing for the week at the illustrious Don Valley Hotel in Toronto.
“I am really looking forward to the pageant and plan on being totally ready and focused,” said Sparvier. “Win or lose, this should provide me with valuable contacts and other life-changing opportunities.”