Leadership means guiding a group of people, so stories in this category include topics of leadership and governance and highlight programs that foster a sense of pride and belonging and to promote wellbeing, driven by a community need to promote leaders from within to promote several levels of community engagement and create change. Stories show how an understanding of history and intergenerational trauma allows participants to understand their context and to consider the ways they can contribute to the betterment of their community. Several programs focus on fostering resiliency as participants prepare for leadership roles, whatever they may look like. Opportunities exist for participants to receive support to recognize the knowledge they already have, see their own potential, and eventually to become mentors for other participants. Stories in this category focus on the value of knowledge transmission in order to create the next generation of knowledge keepers.
Elizabeth Sault seeks to provide wholistic educational opportunities to community members with the aim of violence reduction. Violence reduction can happen in many ways and Elizabeth speaks of how a healthy community reduces violence. She works much of the time one to one with individuals in crisis but her workshops round out her program to assist individuals to gain life skills and build a healthy Indigenous identity to empower them to seek health and wellness. Reducing violence is about living a good life and she seeks out elders and community members who have teachings to share with her participants. Elizabeth does work to raise awareness about MMIW and human trafficking in her programs as well as hosting larger events for service providers.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.