Moose Rutting Season

A slow inhale will hold space for others while a slow exhale leaves space for us. It is commonly understood by Métis hunters that October is the end of Moose rutting season and the beginning of Moose hunting season.  The lesson is that there is a season for everything...

Hunter’s Moon

  The Hunters Moon inhales responsibility and exhales gratitude. The old people remind me that the full moon in October signals a time to prepare for the coming winter.  During this time we hunt, gather and harvest for provisions that will take us through a long...

Life is Precious

  One of my most treasured Métis values is the Joy with which we approach life.  Chimiyayhtamihk epimawtishihk (life is precious). We are cautioned to remember that hardship and struggle are a part of our experience not so that we remain serious, but so that we...

The Games We Play

  I am told that in the time when we did things our own way Elders and older family members taught young people through story telling and experiential learning. Games were created that engaged youth in activities that mirrored the work of their community so that...

The Labours of Summer

  I am taught through stories and lessons that we have a natural desire to work and contribute.  The old people believe that engaging in our labours in a positive manner builds our character and infuses our products with the energy needed to sustain us.  The...