Native Child and the Full Moon Ep 4: Jordan

Childhood struggles helped build Jordan Lonechild-Levalley's strong character. Now he wants to be a social worker but can be quick to snap at people. How can he curb his temper and excel professionally?

Jordan Lonechild-Levalley

5 years ago
Duration 1:28
Jordan Lonechild-Levalley

Jordan Lonechild-Lavalley was laying down tracks in the mobile music studio at the Native Youth drop-in centre when Sook-Yin Lee asked him to join the sleepover at Native Child.

Jordan (Plains Cree and Ojibwe) is a musican and rapper. He's also disarmingly upfront. 

Jordan's a musician who raps. Here he's laying down tracks for a song he wrote in the Native Youth drop-in centre's mobile music studio. (Sook-Yin Lee/CBC)

As a child, Jordan was bullied on his reserve in Saskatchewan and in turn he became a bully. But eventually he grew tired of having to maintain his tough, macho-guy image. 

With that life behind him now, Jordan recognizes that the struggles he faced as a kid made him stronger. These days he's living in Toronto with hopes of becoming a social worker with a focus on Indigenous youth going through the justice system.

Jordan's challenge

Jordan reflects on how his last name Lonechild-Lavalley reflects his life: "I was always solo, being singled out the majority of the time." (Veronica Simmonds/CBC)

After recently securing a student placement at the drop-in centre, he wants to figure out how to excel professionally. Specifically, he wants to learn how to temper his attitude. 

"[I'm] trying to be a healer of some sort. I don't think I can do that and be this asshole of a character because they both kind of conflict with each other," he explained laughingly. 

"I try to remind myself be a positive person."

Listen to the episode to hear TeganCaterina, and Jordan talk about the many sides of anger, where it comes from and what makes it both a liability and a strength.

Over coffee after the sleepover, Jordan and Caterina talk about a possible musical collaboration. (Veronica Simmonds/CBC)

New to Sleepover? Basic premise: Three strangers spend 24 hours with Sook-Yin Lee to talk about what's difficult and try to make it better. In seasons past they've slept over in hotel rooms and yurts. This season they spend the night at Native Child and Family Serivces. 

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