The Red Pony Stands® Ojibwe Horse Sanctuary is a Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony breed-specific sanctuary located along the Qu-Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory and is currently home to seven beautiful Lac La Croix Indigenous Ponies. All sanctuary activities at Red Pony Stands® are aimed at protecting, promoting, and preserving the critically endangered Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony and its cultural significance of the breed for Indigenous peoples of Canada and beyond. The Red Pony Stands® focuses on increasing public awareness about the ponies' history and fight against extinction, breeding genetically-matched pony pairs, conducting research on the cultural importance of the breed for Indigenous holistic wellness, and building horse-human relationships and caretaking capacity with the community.
The Red Pony Stands® is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated, federally and provincially registered not-for-profit organization founded by Cullan (Waabinaanikwad) and Angela (Giizhigaatekwe) McGinnis. Angela is Métis-Ojibwe (Loon Clan) and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is also a Professor in Educational Psychology and Indigenous Health Researcher at the University of Regina. Angela completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Western University in 2015. Her strong orientation to cultural preservation initiatives and social justice issues is evident in her work as a professor, clinician, researcher, and sanctuary CEO/Director. Angela started building a deep spiritual relationship with the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony breed in 2003. Her passion for protecting the breed and its links to Indigenous culture fits particularly well with her academic interests on the role of cultural connectedness for Indigenous peoples' holistic wellness. Her husband, Cullan, is Ojibwe (Bear Clan) from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He developed a special bond with the Lac La Croix Indigenous Ponies in 2013 when he learned about their significance for the First Nations peoples in his homeland (Treaty 3 Territory). With his educational training in Primary Care Paramedicine, Cullan takes the lead in the physical wellbeing of the sanctuary ponies.
Cullan and Angela acquired their first Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony, Sagineshkawa, in the fall of 2015 and added six additional ponies the following spring with the help of their sanctuary caretakers and not-for-profit partners. In the fall of 2018, another pony joined the sanctuary herd. With the support of traditional Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and community sponsors, Angela and Cullan will continue to carry out their work with the ponies "in a good way" for years to come!
Cultural Advisor/Guiding Elder
M.Ed. Student Researcher