Every line on the face tells of a story experienced rather
than heard; every gesture and expression carries the weight of a
cultural memory that has been guarded and preserved against the
ravages of time and circumstance. These are the stories of
Aboriginal Elders, the ones who remember and who speak to the
ancient ways of ancient peoples.
In Aboriginal culture, the responsibility of keeping cultural
traditions alive has been placed on the shoulders of the Elders.
Elders’ Voices is a testament to these remarkable men and
women who have endured for the sake of their peoples. In its
three sections, this website will take you through a multimedia
journey tracing the tumultuous history of the Aboriginal people
before and after the birth of Alberta and the Canadian nation.
The site will also reveal how, through the work of Elders,
Aboriginal cultures persisted despite forces that threatened to
In the History section of this website, learn the story of
the Aboriginal Peoples of the Northwest, and discover the
context and meaning behind the work of Elders as well as the
vital role Elders play in their communities.
In the Peoples section, the colourful range of Aboriginal
cultures is listed through language and Treaty groupings.
In the Voices section, modern technology is married to
ancient oral tradition through dynamic audio and video segments.
The wisdom of the Elders can be shared here.
The Heritage Community Foundation is proud to present this
timeless legacy in a bold new format. Welcome to Elders’