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Elders' Voices

Welcome! 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 annihilate them.

Francis Bad Eagle 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’ Voices.


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