$25 per person
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:30 PM Canmore artsPlace
Jyn San Miguel is a Filipino-born Canadian entrepreneur and artist (visual arts, singing and acting) and former political candidate. He has travelled across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast to learn about different cultures in Canada and gather inspiration for his arts.
Jyn is also the Founder and President of the Canmore Chess Club, an officer of the Canmore Filipino Canadian Society, a Board Member of the Bow Valley Learning Council, the Conductor and Founder of the Canmore Singers, RMO’s Canmore Best Local Artist 2021, artsPlace Creative Combat 7.0 finalist, a personal and group fitness trainer, an actor with the Mountain Improv Alliance, member of the Canadian Choir Leaders Network, an Alberta Filipino Leader and a former Laguna district conductor of the MCGI Music Ministry.
His influence is inspired by bringing the community together, promoting diversity and spreading kindness. He also owns a website where he communicates these passions through forums and blog media. He also hosted the Cultural Learning Circles focusing on the Filipino Culture and the Indigenous community and has been featured in the news media (newsprint, radio and television) for his ideas addressing crucial issues in the community. In 2021, he was given a role by the Town of Banff as a Community Champion.
Jyn acquired a degree in Information Technology in the Philippines before migrating to Canada. He also completed online course certifications in Justice studies at Harvard University and Neuroscience at Duke University. Jyn is currently completing a degree in Business Administration with the University of the People.
Despite all of his achievements, he returns all glory and honour to God almighty.
Banff, Canmore and Mînî Thnî Chess Club - President/Founder
Alberta Chess Association - Director of the Board
Bow Valley Food Alliance - Director of the Board
Bow Valley Learning Council - Director of the Board
Mental Health Commission of Canada - Headstrong Emcee
Former Bow Valley Immigration Partnership - Rural Mental Health Steering Committee
Canmore Young Adults Network - Member at Large
Canmore Singers - Founder and Conductor
Canmore Cubing Club - Founder
artsPlace - Creative Combat Finalist and Filipino Representative Cultural Learning Circle
Former Canmore Filipino Canadian Society - Arts and Culture Officer
I acknowledge that we are on the Treaty 7 territory, traditional territories and home of the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, and Tsuut’ina Nations, as well as Region 3 Metis People. I acknowledge and appreciate that we live and work in this territory, and I commit to the work of reconciliation.
I am Canadian. I am also indigenous to the Philippines, which the Spanish colonized as they sought luxurious spices and expansion of their church. In the Philippines, which was called the “pearls of the pacific east”, the Spanish “discovered” the people native to the lands and because they were dark skinned, the Spanish saw them as slaves. “Filipinos” fought for their dignity and freedom from oppressive colonial rule. Through this history of colonization in the Philippines, I identify with the challenges and stories shared by Indigenous Canadians.
Buddy Wesley, a Stoney elder, taught me the phrase 'wazin ĩeichninabi’. This means ‘I’m one with you’. I’ll eat, I’ll laugh, I’ll cry with you. My Indigenous Canadian friends and I know that one day this world will listen to our message of unity and individually we are just tiny cells that have functions into this one entity. We acknowledge the land not because we own it but because we are created to be caretakers of it. The true acknowledgment of the land is to express our gratitude to our creator for providing us with land, wisdom and life.