Monday, August 31, 2015

Congratulations Ashley- Mrs Universe 2015

Wow, she is an amazing woman.. She's been through a lot, sexual and physical abuse and poverty, death of loved one, those things have created this powerful force to be reckoned with.

From her Facebook page:
Ashley Callingbull is a 25 year old Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta. She graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Television Program. She is very devoted to her culture and people, and takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community elders and aboriginal youth. By the time Ashley reached 10 years old; she had consecutively won all Enoch’s princess crowns. She is a professionally trained dancer in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and performed in the Nutcracker.  Read more here

Watch the interview and hear her story. She is wonderful inspiration and role model. I hope her influences will help bring a lot attention to the murdered and missing women. She will be a powerful voice that really needed.

She has really overcame so many obstacles, as you will read further down the ignorance and racism she has faced and that many First Nations face.
Ashley Callingbull, Cree Model and Actress, Is Your New Mrs. Universe!


A 25-year-old from Alberta's Enoch Cree Nation has become the first First Nations woman and the first Canadian to win the Mrs. Universe pageant.
Ashley Callingbull, whose married name is Burnham, was crowned the winner in Belarus Saturday night.  "I'm really overwhelmed right now," Callingbull said.


She gained attention after becoming the only First Nations contestant in the 2010 Miss Canada pageant. She said that while she got a lot of support, she was also the target of racist comments.
"A newspaper (wrote), 'What is she going to do for her talent, write a welfare cheque with her toes?'" Callingbull said. "Just horrible, horrible things."

My MRS Universe 2015 winning gown was created by Las Vegas Designer Joey Galon, Atelier !! He's amazingly talented and has created pageant gowns for many pageant contestants. Check out his work!
 RS Universe 2015 Ashley Burnham will be featured on ET Canada tonight at 7:30pm Eastern Time!

Mrs. Universe calls on Aboriginal people to vote out Stephen Harper

“It’s so crucial that we vote a new prime minister in, because we need a new prime minister,” said Burnham, from Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta. “I believe we need to fight for our rights and we need to vote.”

Burnham, 25, won Mrs. Universe 2015 on Saturday in Minsk, Belarus, becoming the first Canadian and First Nations woman to win the title for married women.
Winning  has catapulted the actress and model into the national and international spotlight.
She is using her voice to raise awareness of issues affecting Canada’s Indigenous people. 

‘I think my culture saved me’ after abuse: Alberta’s Ashley Burnham after winning Mrs. Universe

I just LOVE this dress!!

Talent Night at MRS Universe 2015 wearing Lyn Kay Designs.

Beautiful Regalia-  Customized Jingle Dress
Canadian Jingle dress & beadwork that showcased her culture. Made by her friend Dabney Warren

In the traditional costume segment of the competition, for example, Burnham wore a jingle dress like the one she often wears at powwows, customized in shiny red, white, and silver colours, with maple leaves sewn onto it. And in the talent competition, Burnham wore a buckskin dress and performed a traditional dance.

"I basically tried to showcase my culture throughout the whole pageant, because in Europe, they don't really see that. They just see whatever is in the mainstream," Burnham said.

Here is the Crowning Moment!!


Hey Canada, what I want to know is WHY are we letting a Malaysian company come in and wipe out our land, ocean, livelyhoods, culture and our fish!!!

Sm'oogyet Yahan (Don Wesley Sr.) from Lax Kw'alaams has announced that a group of people have occupied Lelu Island to stop Petronas from developing LNG facilities on their land.

Come out and support them!!
"It's not about the money, it's about who you are!!"

Related links!!

Images of Lelu island- google

Have a listen what they plan to do....common sense says it is a bad idea. :( What are they thinking. It must be stopped. Please speak up, and stop this from happening. 

Watch and learn- everything that we have learned is so wrong about this. This is not what we want for BC.

This video explains the dangers in a way even a child can understand.

And this -- just now--

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What can we learn from Hurricane Katrina?

UPDATE: I just wanted to add this image.

I watched the film below today. It's 4 parts. Shocking, very very disturbing how the events of this disaster unfolded.

How did it go so wrong and could that happen here? I shudder to think!

I send out love and light and pray so hard for all those poor Hurricane Katrina victims. Those poor poor people. Why? Why did they have to suffer like that? 

It is a very sad film but it is very well done and tells the story that I had never heard or known about and I think is very important people hear about it.

 I always wanted to visit New Orleans and I am sad I never saw it before. New Orleans is obviously made up of strong, courageous and determined people and I am sure they will endure, but the challenges faced here are understandably too many for most to survive. 

AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi

They will suffer the effects their entire lives and that will affect everyone around them. I hope a lot of lessons were learned by the government and city planning people especially as communities more people move to no cars and would have no way to evacuate should a disaster happen.

As global warming happens and we are warned of the melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels everyone needs to pay close attention and learn to be prepare in case they are faced with similar scenerios. Frightening indeed, no one wants to think about it but these people lived it. What would you do?

WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS is a Spike Lee Film and a 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Production.

Directed and produced by Spike Lee; producer and supervising editor, Sam Pollard; cinematography, Cliff Charles; editors, Geta Gandbhir and Nancy Novack; composer, Terence Blanchard; line producer, Butch Robinson. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

I do suggest you watch but it is not for children, there should be a warning because it shows graphic images. There are powerful messages in this film. Learn from it and share it. Pray for those affected and help in anyway you can.

Featured on Films for Action

"The film also looks at a community that has been through hell and back, surviving death, devastation and disease at every turn. Yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by their own resilience and a rich cultural legacy."
Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as its levee system failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland.[4] 

Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.[4] However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach. 

Hurricane Katrina also affected Canada-
In Canada, the remnants of Katrina brought rainfall amounts in excess of 3.94 in (100 mm) to many locations between the Niagara Peninsula and the Saint Lawrence River valley.[78] Severe local flooding occurred in Quebec, forcing the evacuations of dozens of homes in some communities as rivers began overflowing their banks and sewage systems were becoming overwhelmed by the influx of precipitation. Inundated and washed out roads, including Route 138 along the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Route 172 north of Tadoussac, and Route 385 near Forestville left several communities isolated for at least a week.[79]

Let's HELP these GIRLS SURF!!

I wish Angel had more opportunities to surf. I have some cute videos of her on the boogie board in Mexico.

Check out these girls and their website and watch the videos. Let's help Surfers girls around the world connect. Find them on Facebook

Named in honor of Polynesia’s first female surfers, Brown Girl Surf TM is dedicated to fostering a diverse, alternative women’s surf community in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.


Our mission is to elevate the historical significance of trailblazing female surfers, and to connect them with resources and support (and each other!) so they can continue making waves of change in their communities now and for generations to come.

SPANISHTRAILER from paul ferraris on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Salish Sea Gathering-Protect the Salish Sea from Kinder Morgan

#NoPipelines #NoTankers in the Salish Sea

Published on Jul 17, 2013

An Eco Music Video: Kinder Morgan is proposing adding a second pipeline across BC to Burnaby, tripling the flow of Tarsands Oil & forcing 400 Tankers per year past Vancouver's harbour & beaches.

The Tsleil Waututh Nation Sacred Trust invites our neighbours to protect the Salish Sea! More Info:

Images & audio for this video from the Save the Salish Sea Festival 2012.
Song (Wake Up from Crow's Funeral) by Mojave.

Speakers: Reuben George - Tslel-Waututh Nation Member, Sun Dance Chief,
Rex Wyler -, Bridgette DePape - Activist, Ta'Kaiya Blaney - Tslel Waututh Nation Member, Singer, Speaker, Activist, Melina Laboucan-Massimo - Oil & Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada, Tantoo Cardinal - Actor, Activist, Naomi Klein -Author, Speaker, Activist.

4th Annual Salish Sea Gathering
at 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Welcome to our 4th annual gathering to protect the Salish Sea from Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion! 

 Please invite your friends and make note of changes for this year's event as Ta'ah said - WARRIOR UP! - we encourage you to Paddle! Pedal! Dance! Swim!


Traditional ocean-going canoe and boat floatilla • Swim • Cycle Ride • Salmon BBQ • Music • Coast Salish Dance • Children’s Activities • Educational displays • Landscape Drawing!

Sunday Sept 27, 12-4pm Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park, Tsleil-Waututh/North Vancouver
*11am departure from Rocky Point Park (Tsleil-Waututh/Port Moody) to Whey-ah-Wichen

Friday, August 28, 2015

Harperman It's Time for You to Go- Sing-Along Challenge

Update: Oct 2/2015- 
"The Environment Canada scientist whose anti-Stephen Harper folk song “Harperman” got him suspended from his job is retiring rather than waiting out an investigation into his behaviour."


Sending love and light!  

Here our a few related links


This song ROCKS!!! I LOVE CANADA!! I was hoping someone would write a great song and here it is. Let's all sing now!! Harperman it's time for you to GO!!!

Here are the lyrics-

But check this out, so much for free speech,   

Public servant investigated over political 'Harperman' song 

Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was recently sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of Harperman, a music video posted on YouTube in early June that has attracted about 48,000 hits.

Note to Tony: Sending you love and light that someone is going to offer you your dream job. Thanks for this great song. We really need something like this to help unite us all and get our messages out loud and clear and in an artist positive protest. WELL DONE TONY and everyone in the singalong.

Published on Jun 22, 2015
Harperman is a protest song against the Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We are organizing a cross-Canada singalong of Harperman on September 17, just a month before the expected date of the Canadian federal election. Please contribute, if you can, to helping organize the singalong. We have a funding campaign on Indiegogo at
Turner has been a public servant for 19 years and is nearing retirement. He most recently was assigned to co-ordinate a project to map priority areas for migratory birds.

But he has also been a stalwart of the local folk music scene since 1994 when he joined Writers’ Bloc, Ottawa’s songwriters collective. He has several CDs, plays regularly across the province and is best known for the song Circle of Song, which will be included in a new anthology of Canadian folk songs. His biography makes no mention of being a public servant.

Related links

Who muzzles the poor scientist? / Calls troubled people "terrorists"? / Who wants the courts to just say yes? / Suppresses freedom of the press?

You can drive your omnibus to Kokamo / And take that useless caucus when you go / We'll scratch you from the long form census poll / Harperman, it's time for you to go

  • The Harperman Video Challenge – This is an invitation to people across Canada to make their own video of the “Harperman” song, post it on YouTube, and win fabulous prizes… including the satisfaction of helping to save Canada from Harper!
  • The Cross-Canada Harperman Sing-Along – A cross-Canada event taking place on Thursday, September 17th will include a “Harperman” sing-along on Parliament Hill at 2:00 pm Eastern. There will be public “Harperman” sing-alongs in every province on that day, and there will be opportunities for people to participate online from anywhere in Canada
To get involved in the Harperman project, send a message to Chris at

Hey can we get a little love for this project!!

How You Can Help

Money is needed for sound equipment, technicians, musicians and publicists. Your support will increase the impact of this sing-along event about Canadian values and human rights. Please donate what you can.  And wherever you are, please sing the song on September 17th. Song lyrics, chords and other details are available at

1.  Please donate to make this project succeed. You'll have the satisfaction of contributing to an interesting and worthwhile project... and you can choose from one of the exciting perks we are offering.

You can make donations with a credit card or with Paypal. To make a donation, just click the "Contribute Now" button at the top of this page.

Contribute anonymously if you wish. When making a donation, just click the "Change Visibility" button and "Save Changes" to prevent your name or the amount of your contribution from being displayed on the campaign page.

2.  Spread the word to your family, friends, colleagues, and anyone who might welcome this enjoyable opportunity to help save Canada!  Invite them to watch the Harperman video at

Lyrics to Harperman

Who controls our parliament?
Harperman, Harperman
 Who squashes all dissent?
Harperman, Harperman
 The Duffy handout incident
No respect for the environment
it’s time for you to go
Who’s the king of secrecy?
Who has slashed the CBC?
No money for PTSD
Accuses good Judge Beverley


Who’s the rogue in prorogue?
Whose party line must be toed?
Won’t buy into climate change
Until it’s sold on the stock exchange
Whose smarmy smile is a thin veneer?
Who preaches the politics of fear?
Ignores the plight of native folks
Missing women, it’s no joke


Who’s dropping payload in Iraq?
Who passed the Unfair Elections Act?
Who’s a two-bit controlling freak
Makes us feel the future’s bleak?
Who muzzles the poor scientist?
Calls troubled people “terrorists”?
Who wants the courts to just say yes?
Suppresses freedom of the press?


Who turns watchdogs into lapdogs?
Gives his friends the best fat cat jobs?
Bigger prisons, “tough on crime”
Gerrymanders election lines
Who’s pulling all the Tory strings?
Who stands to the right of the right wing?
Ignores the cause of everything?
But to ideology will cling
Who reveres Uncle Sam?
Says our future lies in oil sands?
Dirty oil, dirty plans
Dirty tricks, dirty hands

We want you gone (gone, gone)
You and your pawn (pawn, pawns)
No more con (con, cons)
Time to move on (on, on)
Get out of town (town, town )
Don’t want you round (round, round)
Harperman, it’s time for you to go

Tag 1

You can drive your omnibus to Kokamo
And take that useless caucus when you go
We’ll scratch you from the long form census poll
Harperman, it’s time for you to go
Tag 2
(parody of O Sinner Man)
Harperman, where ya gonna run to? x3
On Election Day

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yet Another Gorgeous Vancouver Sunset!!

My oh my we have been spoiled with a LOVELY summer. For the moment we not going to think about forest fires or global warming or that we are turning into California and will face drought conditions and are facing for a moment we are going to just breathe in and out and be in the moment and enjoy this GORGEOUS GIFT that God and the Universe is sharing with us.

Let us embrace the beauty of the sunset and say "Ahhhhhhhhh!!! Wow!! Beautiful! Gorgeous!!! "

Be in the moment and enjoy!! Just breathe and relax! Click the photo to enlarge and then click through them all!!

New Painting at Bean Around the World

Hey everyone, I put up a new painting. They will all only be up until Aug 31/2015 so if you haven't seen them, get down there.

Bean Around the World- Coffee Shop
1945 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver B.C. V6J 138

If you are downtown take the 22 or 2 over the Burrard Bridge and get off first stop at Cypress. Walk one towards Walnut street. It is on the corner of Walnut St and Cornwall Ave. You can check out the painting, grab a coffee and treat and then go for a nice walk on the beach.

I did that with my friend last night but at the beach I stepped barefoot on a wasp in the seaweed, so don't do that. OUCH! Have a GREAT DAY EVERYONE!! :D

Here's my Portfolio Website and more links to my work if you are interested.

Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita
@zipolita on Twitter

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Painting & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Solar Sisters Rock!!

Wow, I need to use some of these too!! Fabulous!!

Light. Hope. Opportunity. follow us on twitter too! @Solar_Sister 

"Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We combine the breakthrough potential of solar technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses, powered by smart investment in women entrepreneurs. When you invest in a woman, you invest in the future. Join us by making an investment in a Solar Sister Entrepreneur today."

For some reason I can not get the video to load at the moment. I will try later.

I am delighted to share the Solar Sister film that was shown at this year's Clinton Global Initiative. I am so proud of all the Solar Sister Entrepreneurs and their amazing determination, resilience, courage, and entrepreneurial panache! Do you recognize the voice doing the opening narration? Yep!
Posted by Solar Sister on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Their Mission
Solar Sister supports women and girls in rural Africa by providing access to clean, dependable renewable energy, enabling them to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.

Energy poverty is a critical component of global poverty. In sub-Saharan households, 75% of homes have no access to network electricity. The indoor air pollution caused by the smoke emitted from burning wood and kerosene for light and cooking is responsible for 1.6 million deaths per year. On average, women spend 25% of their time fetching wood for cooking and heat. Time which could otherwise be spent on more productive tasks.

At the village level, energy poverty means you can’t pump clean water regularly, there’s no communications, no way to have adult literacy classes, and no way to run computers at schools or have connectivity. It places a limit on the activities of an individual and on a community. Education, health and safety and economic opportunity are seriously impacted by lack of reliable, clean, affordable electricity.

It is mostly women in rural villages that bear the burden of energy poverty. They are the ones that walk for miles every day to fetch water for cooking, drinking, cleaning. They are the ones who spend hours collecting wood for cooking. The burden of subsistence falls on the women and girls in a village. They sacrifice education and opportunity to basic survival.

Simply by giving these women and girls access to clean, dependable solar electricity, we can alleviate the burden of energy poverty and change lives.

Red Academy- Digital Media & Tech Academy- Vancouver

This new school is opening on Broadway and Granville and if you are looking for a career in tech this may be something you are interested in.
Red Academy- Digital Media & Tech Academy- Vancouver

I really like this learning environment from the photos I saw in the video! Such a contrast to the pure white walls we had at ECUAD.  And this sounds really good with them focusing on women and social projects!!

Here is what the about page says "RED is a new digital media and technology academy in Vancouver created for the web designers, developers, digital creators and marketers of tomorrow."

If you go to their Facebook page 
 or their website if you look in the Events page they are having an Event

So I might pop in and see what they are offering as they are also hiring mentors and I am interested in that. :D  Would you like me to be your mentor? Tell them :D

Random Thoughts and Ideas!!

Well I was on FB looking for something to share but couldn't really find anything and then I started looking for work and I found a cool site but the info you have to much time for what I feel like at the moment...  

And so while I looking for things to add to the profile I came across this old video.
I LOVE it so much. Bring back such wonderful messages and carries a positive powerful message too.

And guess what else I realized looking through links and social media sites. A lot of people see my work. I have had  1,058,302 views on Google  
So that makes me very happy!!

I am trying to balance my work /family life and going to start a new business helping students polish their ENGLISH CONVERSATION skills. So if you are reading this and you need to improve your ENGLISH email me or contact me on Facebook or Twitter. From now until September 1/2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Honor Your Spirit by Savannah Simon

Love her energy!! Great self-talk! Thank you!!!
As she says "Honouring our spirits is the best thing we can do to make the world a better place."

You can read more about Savanna Simon here! What a beautiful spirit!

Check out her Twitter and Youtube too!! She has a ton of videos! 

Savvy Simon
✞God1st • Mi'kmaq Tribe • MotivationalSpeaker• Creator of • Clothing Designer• Native Dancer • Sober • Entrepreneur • Top 40 Women in Canada Award♡


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blessed- Blood Speaks- that's the message

Listen and learn!! Take time and share this so you can help enlighten all and change attitudes and opinions for our daughters and all young people and old. Very wise words, some swearing so please be aware.  Love this lady for telling it like it is and doing it in such a unique way!! :D

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vancouver's AMAZING Sunset last night!!

Well I was watching a movie and nearly missed the GORGEOUS sunset when my friend called me to have a look. I raced for my camera.

I snapped a few and then the battery went dead. Drat....I raced for the other camera and managed to get quite a few AMAZING sunset photos.

Feeling so blessed to have experienced it! I have a little video, I will try to put it up later!!

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015