Elders Gathering (April 2015)


Elders Gathering (April 2015)

In April, Elders from Onigaming gathering in Winnipeg to discuss community healing

The Elders shared teachings, and their vision for the community. 

Vision:  the community is coming together and is UNITED;  there is Zhaagitiwin (love);  the community is healthy, happy and well;  having laughter, families are visiting each other; elders are being visited;  there is good communication and people are being accepted, helping each other and caring for each other. 



Sharing the Teachings/Connecting Youth To Elders 

  • Elder/Youth Workshops &Retreats; Include Parents 
  • Teachings in the School K-12 and Daycare 
  • Mentoring students about cultural protocol Example: PowWow 
  • Practicing Ceremonies more Often: explaining to youth the significance of the ceremony 
  • More visibility of CHief and Council to the Youth 
  • Youth and Elders visits to Roundhouse to share the teachings on the drum etc. 
  • Teachings on Sweat Lodge 
  • Bring elders together with youth in a variety of ways - not just for traditional ceremonies - recreation etc. 

Engaging Parents

  • create a safe space; no judgement 
  • provide more family activities 
  • more parenting workshop 
  • teachings around the clan system and how this can support community progress 
  • cultural camps - understanding. listening respect 
  • support parents and educate parents on the responsibilities of raising children 
  • traditional parenting program 

Community Healing 

  • Do not hesitate to see Elders - visit their homes (some are not able to travel); they are always open to talk 
  • Elders could provide support/counselling - not just ceremonies or always ceremonies 
  • Do not be scared 
  • Can provide ceremonies- sweats, pipe, 
  • reduce the gap between elders and youth 
  • Create a better understanding 
  • there was a time when an adult / elders can say anything to anyone and this was acceptable 
  • Teachings - process of learning ; correcting behaviour/mistakes - needs to be done in a positive way 
  • Younger parents need support and teachings - even at their own homes 
  • Language Barrier 
  • Everyone is looking for love  - all ages 
  • there is a loss to the transferring of parent sills due to residential school 
  • How do we move forward after a funeral is at the school 
  • increase awareness and action against drugs and alcohol 
  • More community togetherness and support reconciliation 
  • share and learn more about traditional medicines 
  • Play Traditional Games (moccasin game) 
  • Support opportunities to participate in sport and land based activities, including hunting and fishing. 

Posted by holden at July 28, 2015 10:24 AM CDT