New Fire

How do you combine romance and tradition?

At 26 years old, Tasha Spillet is a young woman in the thick of the dating world. But as a proud, ceremonial Cree woman, she follows traditional teachings while looking for love.
Winnipeg educator Tasha Spillett. (Tasha Spillett)

Tasha Spillett is a 26-year-old teacher and community advocate living in Winnipeg.

She's a proud Cree woman, and will be spending her summer going to pow wows, sundances, and traditional ceremonies.

But Tasha is also... single. 

In a frank conversation with New Fire host Lisa Charleyboy, Tasha reveals the rules she follows when it comes to romance - and how she combines dating and traditional values. One particular rule? She only dates outside her clan.

I was raised traditionally - in ceremony - and part of being raised in ceremony is an understanding of kinship relationships.- Tasha Spillett

"Dating outside of our clan keeps our kinship relationships in tact. Dating within your clan would be almost like dating a relative."

To hear Tasha's full interview, click the "listen" button above.