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Ten Grand-mothers Project

This project begins the task of capturing and applying the wisdom of Aboriginal women.

The Ten Grandmothers Project helps us understand the values of Aboriginal women that inform their behaviour, colour their lives and direct their choices. Ten grandmothers from different Aboriginal communities in Southern Alberta and Montana were interviewed. We asked them to share the advice they were taught as traditional women by their traditional mothers, about how to raise healthy, happy and respectful children and how to build a strong family unit. We asked them for their advice about how to bring Aboriginal cultural values back into the centre of family life.

The Aboriginal community is still very traditional in the sense that it respects and relies on Elders. These ten beautiful ladies each have similar backgrounds, they were raised in highly respected traditional families, or held sacred objects. The knowledge they provide us has guided Aboriginal people for thousands of years and is still valid wisdom that can be applied to help us deal more effectively with the stresses and strains of modern life.

Linda Many Guns
Nii Touii Knowledge and Learning Centre

This project was funded by:

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
The Aboriginal Healing Foundation

And was co-sponsored by:

Calgary Education Partnership Foundation


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