The Quiet of Winter

The quiet of winter leaves so much space for truth, but are we prepared for Kwayesh chi totamik (Honesty) even with ourselves?  Traditionally, Metis people highly valued honesty. Parents were taught to serve as role models for honest behaviour. Other peoples’...

Respect through Presence

In the time before life became so complicated, Kishchitaytamik (Respect) was integrated into all areas of Métis life. Kishchitaytamik for the Creator, Mother Earth, the living world, and oneself was primary to living in a good Métis way. Today we often struggle with...

First For Self

Shaakihiwayhk (love) can ease our path in so many ways.  It is my understanding that an open loving heart was highly valued in the traditional Métis way of life. Developing unconditional love was important in order to create a healthy Métis community. Shaakihiwayhk...

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...