Archives for 2002
Indigenous Medicine Plants
The Métis Women’s Circle greeted 100 visitors at the medicine planting in Westfield Heritage Centre to identify and deescribe traditional uses of indigenous plants. Ken Parker, Six Nations, presented a slide galleries of photos on indigenous species.
Strong Women Caring, Fanny Packs for Homeless
The Métis Women’s Circle fund-raised and assembled emergency kits for Hamilton’s homeless women. Kits included useful items for hygiene, insulating blankets and emergency telephone calling card and were distributed through emergency social services in the inner city.
From The Stories Women Tell
What sets us apart from any other women’s group? We are Aboriginal women who have to create positive meanings around the terms of identity that we have inherited from both our parent groups. Métis oral tradition teaches us that we are never entirely “other,” that our social and spiritual identities have always overlapped with those of our tribal relatives, other entities and our European relations in shifting patterns of creative necessity. Métis who remember bush ways remain connected with our first teacher, the land. In this way, we enact an Aboriginal ecology which adapts to, rather than assimilates, the larger common culture.
Excerpt from “From the Stories that Women Tell: The Métis Women’s Circle” Carole Leclair, Lynn Nicholson and Elize Hartley, in Anderson, Kim and Bonita Lawrence, eds. Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, Toronto, 2003.