One sentence bio:
Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in – Raven Clan) is a First Nations writer and social entrepreneur living in Toronto. She is the Editor-In-Chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist.
I’m a storyteller and a social entrepreneur. Recently I’ve been named by Huffington Post as one of three Aboriginal Millennials to watch, and have been selected as a DiverseCity Fellow for 2013-2014. I have over eight years as a published writer, and have been published in The Guardian, CBC Arts, and THIS Magazine. I graduated from York University with a degree in Professional Writing.
I’ve had a blog for over six years, Urban Native Girl, which led me to launch Urban Native Magazine. This Native lifestyle magazine is an extension of the blog to showcase success stories and to inspire Indigenous youth to dream big.
The longer story:
I’m a storyteller living in Toronto. I have a background in fashion and a heart in all things Indigenous. I have written about everything from Native appropriations, pop-culture, to politics and have been named one of Toronto’s Top Bloggers and one of Canada’s Top Ten Fashion Bloggers.
With over eight years as a published writer, I have written for publications such as The Guardian, CBC Arts, THIS Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Job Postings and SPIRIT Magazine. I co-editing a book for Annick Press about Indigenous youth and have been published in a McGraw-Hill textbook beside esteemed writers such as Joseph Boyden, and Richard Wagamese. Before finishing my Honours of Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing at York University, I was fortunate enough to have already had my own fashion column at Williams Lake Tribune. I’ve been a Fashion Editor at Excalibur, a fashion intern at LUSH Magazine, a weekly contributor at MSN.ca on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, and wrote a fashion column for Indian Country Today.
My story started when at the age of 10, when I discovered my love for glossy magazines, since then I’ve devoured the written word and had an insatiable appetite for all things in lifestyle and fashion.
Following my dreams, I moved across the country, from BC to Toronto at just 17 years old to attend Ryerson University for Fashion Communication. It was my love of magazines, coupled with her desire to become a fashion editor, which led me to transfer to York University for Professional Writing. It was there that I discovered a true passion within my Indigenous roots and began to discover my own unique connection to culture.
The blending of all of my passions led me to start my blog, Urban Native Girl, (UNG) which is all about pop-culture with an Indigenous twist. It was born in 2007 out of a desire to fuel my fire online and engage in writing, social media, and connect with Native people from all across Turtle Island (North America).
The blog has given me the opportunity to speak to students at Harvard University, University of Windsor, and to Indigenous youth across Canada. I’ve also presented about Digital Storytelling at the Osum Day for Aboriginal Women Entrepreneurs as well as done radio interviews for CBC’s Revision Quest, The Bill Good Show (CKNW 980 AM), Native America Calling, and was a weekly guest on Streetz FM’s Urban Nation Live. I’ve been interviewed on CTV News Ottawa, Extraordinary Women, Nat & Marie, and Lisa Living.
I’m passionate about my community and love to give back to organizations and non-profits. I’ve served as a board member for Association for the Native Development of Visual and Performing Arts (ANDVPA), the Young Indigenous Professionals, and as the VP Communications for the Aboriginal Professionals of Canada (APAC), and am now a DiverseCity Fellow for 2013-2014.
I love storytelling and enjoy every platform where I’m able to share stories from the heart. I’ve just launched Urban Native Magazine, which is a Native lifestyle magazine geared toward inspiring Indigenous youth with positive success stories.