Shana Pasapa (She/Her)
Shana is a Nakoda woman, originally from the Whitebear First Nation in Treaty 4 territory. She is the Founder & CEO of Power Our Women – an organization that aims to address MMIW and empower Indigenous folx of all ages through martial arts. She draws strength from her mother, family, her traditional spirit name, coaches and training partners. She strives to live each day in honour of her spirit and her voice so that she may fulfill her purpose to help people see the power they already have inside them.
At only 32 years old, Shana is a mother of 2 boys, an MMA fighter, purple belt in jiujitsu training out of Queen City Martial Arts in Regina, Saskatchewan. She found her passion in martial arts 8 years ago. At the time she didn’t realize it but she was finding her power again. Being a mother with 2 boys, she persevered through struggles that helped her create a healthier life for her family. POW was born through the realization of how truly important it is to see what the human body is capable of when in dangerous situations – which POW simulates in controlled environments. Shana received the CBC Future 40 Award in 2015, The Strength of Our Women Award for Sports in 2015 and has been a sponsored athlete by clothing companies. Shana received the Buffalo Award for Community Safety from the First Nations Safety Association of Saskatchewan. Shana is a public speaker and enjoys teaching hoop dance in her community. She believes women and girls deserve to feel strong, confident and protected.