The Great Moon

This week’s moon is known to my ancestors as the Great Moon.  My understanding is that it is known as the great moon because throughout this moon, we are filled with hope for the coming spring and the start of a new cycle.  In this time, la fors (strength) of our...

Kiyam: Embrace the Quiet

In traditional Métis communities, Kiyam (let it go) was an expression of non-judgement that is extremely important to our ability to maintain peace.  However, this word could use a bit of unpacking for clarity.  When Cree or Métis people use the word Kiyam what they...

Interconnectedness of Family and Community

In the Métis way, pishkaymitook (caring) for yourself and others is expected.  It often begins by remembering that our lives and communities are interconnected in ways that stretch beyond blood ties to ecosystems that live and die based on the strength of the...

Taashkinikayen (Sharing)

In the Métis way, taashkinikayen (sharing) your gifts and abundance with others was a vital part of living. Children were taught to give from the heart freely and openly.  This value continues to be a big part of our communities today.  It is believed that the more...