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Métis Elders
 

Elders are well respected in Métis communities because they hold the wisdom and history of the community.  They are called upon as teachers, counsellors, and peacekeepers.  They are the historians of the Métis people.  They have the wisdom of the past years and know the traditions and ceremonies that are necessary for the continuation of the Métis Nation.  They tell our stories.

Approximately 220 Elders attended the conference, “The Wisdom of Honouring Our Métis Elders”, in 1998.  They defined the role of the Elder today and how they would like to be involved in the community:

Métis Elders

 

The role of an Elder is to:

Role of the Métis Elder Be non-political
Role of the Métis Elder Pass on the language
Role of the Métis Elder Show respect to other Elders in the community
Role of the Métis Elder Bridge the gap between Elders and youth
Role of the Métis Elder Provide a sense of pride in the Métis heritage and traditions
Role of the Métis Elder Tell stories and legends
Role of the Métis Elder Offer guidance (not lectures)
Role of the Métis Elder Talk to young people about traditions, customs, and languages
Teach children in schools about culture, history, the present, and the initiatives that Elders have taken
Role of the Métis Elder Form partnerships with youth to solve problems

 
Elders carry with them great wisdom and respect must be paid to them.  Elders should be involved in the development, design, implementation and delivery of programs and services.
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