Motivate, Inspire, Lead, Empower, and assist our youth to Succeed.

Going M.I.L.E.S is a leadership initiative, created for the sole purpose of fostering a positive environment for Indigenous youth to grow and interact with today's top Indigenous talent, through the medium of the arts. With Indigenous peoples being one of the fastest demographics growing today, a change is needed to lead a more healthy lifestyle with the chance of positive expression, which is at a all time low.

With professional positive role models Going Miles is a program developed to ensure our youth get to experience the potential they have in themselves to create and believe in seeing their thoughts and ideas come to life.

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Going M.I.L.E.S Mission 


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Going Miles is a program that strives to Motivate, Inspire, Lead, Empower, and assist our youth to Succeed. Going Miles will provide laughter and learning to complement front line workers and counsellors in the community in assisting youth to develop positive attitudes and self esteem in their personal growth and inner development.We will go the extra m.i.l.e to promote and deliver to your youth and community, tools to assist them in a healthy and holistic lifestyle and positive self expression.

Interactive workshops, dance parties, self-esteem building, barrier breaking exercises, performances with youth, keynote speeches, caregiver workshops and professional Indigenous traditional and mainstream entertainment.


Conference Dates


(Public Events That Are Open To The Public!)

April 22, 23, 24 - Going MILES Conference Thunderbay  




Going MILES (Motivate, Inspire, Lead, Empower, and Succeed) is raising Self-Esteem and providing practical youth and community empowerment solutions and deliver top notch and inspirational community entertainment.




Going MILES is a program that assists participants with positive self-expression and raising self-esteem by using an interactive engaging hands-on approach that allows one to tap into their natural talents, abilities and by unlocking the true potential to succeed.Going MILES contribute and promote a new train of thought and positive lifestyle, that give participants a chance to grow and succeed in life.Going MILES will give laughter, acknowledgement and praise for positive attitudes and ideas to ensure personal growth and inner development.

Role Models

The Going Miles Team:


Dakota House
Actor & Motivational Speaker


Dakota House is a Cree Actor - born in Manning, Alberta and Dakota grew up in an inner-city neighborhood in Edmonton.  Best known for his role as Tee Vee Tenia on the CBC Series "North of 60", Dakota has starred in numerous feature films and made numerous guest star appearances in shows such as Heartland and the X- Files.‚Äč A father of 4 with over a decade of sobriety and his background in Martial Arts, Dakota prides himself on being a strong role model for youth. For over two decades he has devoted much of his time to educating youth on motivation, self- esteem and making positive choices. He has travelled across Canada extensively, bringing hope and inspiration to youth through keynote presentations, youth conferences and other special events.


Scott Ward
Hynotist, Entertainer & Motivation Speaker


Scott Ward was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and is of Ojibway/Métis background.  In addition to bringing laughter and entertainment to communities, organizations and schools, Scott is well known for his work with Dakota House and is heavily immersed in working with youth and was a past recipient of an Alberta Aboriginal Youth Role Model Award , an Alberta Business Award of Distinction (Youth Entrepreneur), as well as being a 2015 recipient of the Native American 40 under 40 award. Scott Ward now travels extensively across North America as a full-time Comedy Hypnotist and Motivational Speaker.


Additional Going Miles Facilitators:


Julie Bee Wesley
Motivational Speaker


Julie was Born and raised in the small remote isolated community of Kashechewan First Nation, Ontario. Julie Wesley persevered through the darkest of times to grow and become a strong independent woman. She wasn’t able to speak a word of English until her early teens; she moved around frequently in her youth, witnessed countless atrocities amongst her fellow community members and had to deal with the realities of a government who forgot about their promises. Julie’s experiences on the reserve helped shape her personal philosophy of wanting to reach the youth before they fall prey to societal and community tragedies.

Today she stands tall as a thriving student enrolled in Business Accounting while also working as a National Native Alcohol Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) addictions worker and working under Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the Timmins James Bay Riding. Furthermore, has experienced working in a role as a Treasurer of a native student council. In addition to all of this Julie is a single mother raising her son against all odds. Perseverance and hard work are proof that good things will come to those who have good work ethic and know their self worth. Julie will be an inspiration to not only First Nation’s people’s but that of the entire population of Canada. Her passion and focus is to help provide her fellow people with an alternative route in life and to inspire them to be hopeful that a new day is coming where wounds of yesterday heal and progress begins today. Where you start in life isn’t where you will finish and spreading that message to everybody regardless of their ethnicity is essential. Together we can break the cycle of disintegration and be reborn as stronger and freer people. 


Julez Lavish
Musician & Entrepreneur


Born Julian Thomas, JULEZ LAVISH is versatile artist with many talents, writer/producer/performer/entrepreneur. Using his knowledge of the streets and life experiences, he has developed his own unique style and sound. Starting his music career as a rap artist JULEZ LAVISH has evolved his music to that of an urban pop artist. With a live performance next to none JULEZ LAVISH is well on his way to airwaves and a venue near you. Coming from a traditional background he has acquired the beliefs and knowledge of his CREE people. With the power to reach the masses JULEZ LAVISH is taking his talents to places only he has dreamed.


Nathaniel Arcand
Actor & Motivational Speaker


Nathaniel Arcand is a plains Cree Native born and raised in Edmonton Alberta. His career spans 25 years of Television and Hollywood films in Canada and the United states. He currently is known on the long running CBC show "Heartland" where he plays a Young veterinarian. Nathaniel has enjoyed Hollywood life while playing a ninja in Elecktra but returned to Canada to continue working closer to Hollywood North where he achieved notoriety as a huntsman in Ginger Snaps Back 3, supporting lead in North of Sixty CBC television and supporting roles in multiple big budget films such as the Revenant Starring Leo Di Caprio, and Pathfinder. Nathaniel is currently trying his hand at directing music videos and short films to build a broader range of creative abilities. He is often invited to attend Aboriginal awards televised and local industry events yet he truly loves spending time with the Canadian Aboriginal youth, directing and coaching them towards public speaking and performing on camera. 

Our Workshops




Utilize interactive exercises to illustrate how gossip and bullying starts. Focus on verbal and non-verbal communication styles to illustrate how it affects us directly and indirectly using Power of Voice Exercise.


YOUTH EMPOWERMENT (Interactive Exercises, Energizers & Ice Breakers!)

People enjoy workshops that are interactive and get the blood going. Learning can be fun and there is no better way to build school unity than through group interactive exercises infused with some drama games. Break the ice by having your participants up and moving around learning new team building skills.



Using interactive demonstrations and exercises (Power of Voice and Unity circle) to give each participant some time to talk about themselves and tap into their own voices. Encourage youth to see and experience what it is like to be leaders among their peers.



Our team can spend several days in your community and work with clients from your community that would like to have individual or group sessions for quitting smoking, weight loss, self-esteem, fears and phobias, and etc. Participants develop and experience and learn to use those techniques at home, school or work.



The team discusses teachings that have been passed on to them from their Elders. Examine factors relating to suicide including round table discussions with youth on issues that affect them.



Discuss various facets of gang-related activities and factors contributing to this. Utilize desensitization exercise to assist participants in thinking and assessing situations around them before jumping in with both feet.



Focus on issues relating and leading to alcohol and substance abuse among youth.



Examining learned behaviors passed down by our parents. Impact of intergeneration teachings. Focus on positive ways to make headways with our children. Practice home exercises in regards to interactions between parents and youth. Power of voice and communication.



By utilizing our natural talent and abilities, we can create the work we enjoy, Sometimes we are told to do this or that by other people or even our own family and if you listen to your heart you will be successful! Participants will also make an action plan using aspects from the medicine wheel.



Participants will learn basic HD video camera skills and will then create an original video based the needs of the community. This video will then get produced and edited by the Going Miles team and then uploaded to YouTube for viewing by the public. Ideas for this collective creation can include: music videos, interviews with elders, commercials or even short films. (Available only when booking 2-3 days)

Media Kit


Media-Kit.pdf (1.6 MB)




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Dewayne Ward, Booking Manager

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