Elders and Knowledge Holders: Insights and Introspections


NCCIE has created this video montage, which is a sampling of Elders' and Knowledge Holders' voices gathered from several NCCIE 'stories' that you will find on NCCIE.CA.  Some individuals in this video are sharing their perspectives during an Elders' Panel at the first NCCIE National Gathering (the entire video from the March 2018 event can be found here: https://www.nccie.ca/national-gathering/). In this video you will hear Elders and Knowledge Holders from across the country share their insights and introspections in response to the following questions:

  • What is your understanding of Indigenous education from your perspective?
  • What is your vision for Indigenous education over the next ten years?

Featured in this video are (in order of appearance):

  • Verna J. Kirkness, Vancouver, BC (from Fisher River Cree Nation, MB)
  • Margaret Reynolds, La Plonge First Nation, SK
  • Michael Thrasher, Victoria, BC
  • Verna DeMontigny, Brandon, MB
  • Chris Pheasant, Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, ON
  • Jo-Ann Archibald, Vancouver, BC
  • Solomon Ratt, Regina, SK
  • Dolores Wawia, Thunder Bay, ON (from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek)
  • Sophia Hansen, Campbell River, BC

To listen to more Elders and Knowledge Holders found on NCCIE.CA and elsewhere on the internet, visit the 'Knowledge Space' at: https://www.nccie.ca/knowledge-space.

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

We are thankful to be welcomed on these lands in friendship.  The lands we are situated on remain home to many Indigenous Peoples and Nations, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. 

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we remember the history of these lands that has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Peoples who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by as we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

(adapted from: https://studentlife.ontariotechu.ca/services/community/indigenous/land-acknowledgement/#:~:text=Acknowledgement+Statement&text=These+lands+remain+home+to,settler+peoples+until+this+day.)

What is the Land Acknowledgement where you live?

Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Jennifer Dockstator National Project Director, NCCIE Oakville, ON
Claire Letendre Video Editor, Bang Up Productions Saskatoon, SK
Creative Fire Administration Saskatoon, SK

This video is about:

Elders and Knowledge Holders from across Canada sharing their perspectives about Indigenous education. This video montage was created
in: Saskatoon, SK

Video Details

Length of Video 14:22 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


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