Traditional Cree parenting systems are based on Natural Laws of truth, kindness, courage and sharing. There were, and still remain, strict parenting protocols that allow a child to grow into their gifts and skills within a system of love, patience and security, without fear of judgement and punishment. Indian Residential Schools and the Canadian government's oppressive policies severely wounded and influenced the sacred interconnection between a parent and child. When women give birth, they are conditioned on relating to and parenting their children depending on their sex.
Lana Whiskeyjack, a researcher/educator, ayisîyiniw ôta asiskiy (human from this earth), is a treaty iskwew (woman) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. She uses mixed-media art to explore, deconstruct and decolonize Western views. Lana is engaged in subjects like body landscapes, motherhood, grandparents/Elders, Indigenous identity and Mother Earth.
Roxanne Tootoosis is a Plains Cree grounded in her Cree language, culture and traditions. She strives to elevate the awareness of the Indigenous history and knowledge. She is an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper/facilitator for kihêw waciston (eagle's nest) Indigenous Centre at MacEwan. Additionally, she is in the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program at St. Stephen's College, U of A campus.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.