Toward Balans

Hoar frost is the result of the warm breath of the air falling on the already frozen world.  This thirteenth moon of the year is known as Hoar Frost Moon because of the beauty it creates in the marriage of land and sky.  Similarly, Métis people are the children of two...

Into Winter

As we shift into the time of Winter I am reminded of the myriad of lessons that accompany this season.  On the medicine wheel that I am most familiar with, Winter is in white at the North of the wheel.  This set of teachings belong to the wise ones who have lived a...

Courage, Hope and Gratitude

  Sometimes it takes a great deal of Kooraazh (courage) to find your gratitude, and in the gratitude is hope for tomorrow.  In this time of great transition, as the seasons shift, we move into a winter break and the new year looms on the horizon, our values are...

Sharing for Community

The old people tell me that as winter grew near, the Métis could most often be found working hides, sewing blankets and gathering resources to prepare for the long winter.  Taashkinikayen (Sharing) with others was a vital part of living, and it was believed that the...

La Fors

La fors (strength) has always been celebrated in Métis culture because it is necessary to adapt and respond to life’s ever changing circumstances. Healthy competition, hard work, and persistence help to build resilience against difficult times both in our lives...