He's always looking for the peaceful spaces within the chaotic places.
Ryan "Gitz Crazyboy" Derangé is a 33 year old Siksikatsitapi (Blackfoot) and Dene youth facilitator born in Mohkínsstsisi (Calgary). He has called a few places home in the Blackfoot, Haudenosaunee and Dene Territories. Since graduating high school, Gitz began working with youth and creating youth-focused programs. Gitz's passion and purpose is helping the next generation and he has held many positions within the youth education profession.
Ever the activist for the environment and Indigenous rights, Gitz is known for his leadership and participation in the Idle No More movement, one of the largest Indigenous mobilizations in Canadian history. A storyteller to his core, he has always had a deep connection to traditional teachings since his mother read to him as a child, he continues to be guided by the ancient wisdom the Elders carry. Along with writing, Gitz loves to create music and enjoys being introduced to new sounds. An avid world traveller, he has ventured to Germany, Ecuador, Guyana, Puerto Rico and sacred spaces all over North America. He has spent most his life learning and living with different Indigenous nations all over the world, and incorporates these experiences in everything he does.
Currently Gitz resides in Calgary and is actively reconnecting with his Blackfoot roots. He believes the truth of who we are is in the truth and mysteries our ancestors carried - through ceremonies, songs, medicine, love and laughter.