Taapwew

Honesty is a very strong Métis value, and it has a different feel to it than the honesty valued by my European ancestors.  I imagine that most cultures value truthfulness to some degree, and it is in the details of the culture and language that the nuances live.  In...

Find Your Ground

I am reminded by my elders that to “hold our ground” does not mean not to move, but to stay true to our values as we walk. This time of year is a time of celebration in my Indigenous communities.  Many of my relatives are celebrating a new cycle around the sun and...

Eagle Moon Leadership

This week marks the beginning of the first spring moon, a time of uncertainty and excitement which requires both the knowledge of generations and the bravery of youth.  The Eagle Moon highlights the shift in temperatures and daylight hours which calls the Eagle back...

pa iksitii for the moment

As we look anxiously into the coming spring I am reminded of the importance of the present moment.  Taking the time and pa iksitii (patience) to enjoy the processes of life was a common Métis way of being in the world. These precious last moments of this season have...

The Kooraazh of Generations

As we wrap up a season and a cycle my teachers are feeling the pull of generational knowledge.  Most of what we know and practice are understandings that have developed over hundreds of years and been passed on from ascended Grandfathers and Grandmothers.  It takes...