Mothering They/Them

Traditional Cree parenting systems are based on Natural Laws of truth, kindness, courage and sharing. There were, and still remain, strict parenting protocols that allowed a child to grow into their gifts and skills within a system of love, patience and security without fear of judgement and punishment. Indian Residential Schools and the Canadian government’s oppressive policies severely wounded and influenced the sacred interconnection between a parent and their child. From the moment women give birth they are conditioned on how to relate and parent their children depending on their sex. Through returning to nehiyawewin (Cree language), Cree ways of being, and ceremony, two nehiyawak mothers will share their experiences on grieving, deconstructing, and celebrating parenting their growing children who identify being in gender dysphoria.

Presenters: Lana Whiskeyjack, Roxanne Tootoosis

Lana Whiskeyjack is a mixed-media artist/researcher/educator, ayisîyiniw ôta asiskiy (human from this earth), and is also a treaty iskwew (woman) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta. She uses art to explore, deconstruct and decolonize Western views. Lana is engaged in subjects as diverse as body landscapes, motherhood, grandparents/Elders, Indigenous identity and Mother Earth.

Roxanne Tootoosis is Plains Cree grounded in her Cree language, culture and traditions. She continually strives to elevate the awareness of the uniqueness of Indigenous history and knowledge in varying capacities. She is an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper/facilitator for kihéw waciston (eagle's nest) Indigenous Centre at MacEwan University. Additionally, she is a candidate in the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program, St. Stephen's College, U of A campus.


Kule Theatre - Robbins Health Learning Centre, Room 9-323
110 St N
Edmonton, AB

Date & Time:

November 8, 2018 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Event Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 15:30 to 17:00