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Elder Network

Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program Elder’s Network Purpose

  • Provide insight and advice to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program team members as required
  • Provide guidance in areas of tradition and culture (Powwows, traditional ceremonies, language, worldview, etc.) to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program team to meet the needs of the communities
  • Provide advice to how to become more formal as the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program Elder’s Network evolves

Definitions of an Elder

"Elders" are those people who are recognized by their community to be first and foremost "healthy" – spiritually, psychologically and mentally. These are often highly "ethical" people. They may be very "spiritual" people, but this does not seem to be a requirement of recognition. An "Elder" in this sense, can refer to respected people in the community regardless of age.

"Elders" are culturally regarded as teachers, mediators, advisors, medicine people, stewards of our lands and the keepers of our culture and way of life. (BC Elder Abuse Toolkit- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, 2010, pg.4)

Knowing the importance of a trusting relationship when working together, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program team will build off their existing support systems in connecting with an Elder to invite their participation as a network representative.

Roles of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program team

  • Identify an Elder who is able to provide support, direction and advice in the work we do
  • Understand and apply necessary community protocols in approaching Elders
  • Explain the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program program, history, vision and approaches
  • Meet on a quarterly basis or as required with Elder

Roles of the Elder

  • Provide personal insight to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis team member
  • Provide direction and advice to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis team in meeting the learning needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities
  • Meet on a quarterly basis with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program staff or as required