Posted:19 September 2017
Author: Lori St.Cyr, Community Learning Network
Found in: Engaging Indigenous Learners
For those of you who do not know me, I am the Indigenous Liaison for the Community Learning Network. I am Metis from Peavine Metis Settlement and I have more or less spent the majority of my life in the Peavine area. I have worked closely with the 8 Metis Settlements in Alberta on different projects throughout the years. I have also worked with Native Counselling Services of Alberta and Rupertsland Institute Metis Employment and Training Centers. Being a Metis from a Metis community, I have a strong sense of connection to my fellow Metis Communities and peoples. Being a French/Cree Metis, I say I walk the line between 2 beautiful cultures. I am able to morph and combine the entirety of my two cultures like a beautiful tango or Metis Jig. I take from both worlds and live simultaneously in all worlds.
Throughout my not so many years on Turtle Island I have had the amazing opportunity to explore many Indigenous communities and have had many joyous conversations with community members. Going into these Indigenous communities for the first time can be exciting and scary. Each new adventure of entering into these new-to-me communities has always been done with an open heart, mind, eyes and soul.
Forget anything you heard before going. Expect to be an explorer, expect to be teased, expected to feel, expect nothing. For myself, if I am going into a new community for the first time. I like to do a little research on where I’m going. For example I might do some or all of the following:
If I’ve never been to your community before, what questions would you like me to ask? What would you want to tell me about your community before I came for a visit?
In my short time with CLN, I’ve already had the opportunity to hit the road and meet some of you in your communities. I look forward to many more adventures ahead of me.
And if we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, I hope you will come find me to say hello at the Literacy and Learning Symposium in Edmonton.
Lori St. Cyr
CLN Indigenous Liaison