Stories – Elder Knowledge

Stories in this category document some of the ways Elders are involved in the creation and delivery of programs to support Indigenous people. Several Elders share stories of trauma from their experiences of attending residential schools and the barriers they have faced as a result of the ongoing impacts of colonialism, and share how they came to assume leadership roles in their communities. Elders and allies share experiences of building relationships, community, and appreciation of Indigenous culture, which has changed dramatically over time. They also bring attention to the need to value Elder’s time through culturally appropriate and financial ways. Elders bring knowledge of language, history, relationship to land, stories, ceremony, spirituality and culture and these stories show their integral role in developing, teaching and offering support and knowledge for programs at the community, public school and post-secondary levels.