In this section, we will look at the role Elders play in
their communities, and how they have helped to renew and
perpetuate the traditions and spiritual beliefs of their
The first section will focus on Elders’ contributions to
society— traditional, political, and cultural. It will explore
the vital role that Elders play in maintaining languages and
spiritual beliefs and practices, as well as the knowledge they
pass on in the areas of education, arts and crafts, health and
wellness, and sports and recreation.
Though it is not widely known, it is estimated that between
7,000 to 12,000 Aboriginal soldiers fought for Canada in the
Korean War and in World Wars I and II. The second section is
devoted to these "forgotten soldiers", and honours the last of
Alberta’s remaining Aboriginal veterans.
Last but not least, we will take a look at the lives of urban
Aboriginal Peoples today.