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Elder's Voices

The Elder's Voices website is part of the Alberta Online Encyclopedia - www.albertasource.ca. It celebrates the contributions of Aboriginal and Métis Elders, and ceremonialists. It was an Alberta Aboriginal Centennial Legacy project.

On June 21, 2005, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike gathered across Canada to celebrate National Aboriginal Day - a day set aside to honour the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The joyous festivities included everything from Métis fiddling and dancing to Inuit fashion shows, as well as traditional arts and crafts displays and numerous spiritual ceremonies. The richness and beauty of various Aboriginal cultures and traditions, and the warmth of the bond felt by those who attended, radiated through the warm June afternoon at Canada Place in Edmonton and other sites.

The following feature videos showcase some oral history interviews conducted by the Heritage Community Foundation at the events at Canada Place. They reveal traditional knowledge and lifeways. Elder Jerry Wood leads us through a traditional Smudging Ceremony, while Elder Bertha Clarke Jones recalls her days in the Air Force and urges the younger Métis generations to take pride in their unique culture.

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