Elders Teachings: Wisdom We Need for Addressing Social Exclusion and Building Better Relationships in Society

John George Hansen, Rose Antsanen


Indigenous social exclusion is a significant topic for Indigenous communities and governments. This article discusses Indigenous social exclusion as it relates to Indigenous ways of developing positive relationships in schools and communities. We outline the Indigenous experience of colonization, and the perception of lack of social opportunity for Indigenous peoples in Canadian society. Since many Indigenous communities turn to Elders for guidance, six Cree Elders were interviewed on traditional teachings and culture. The findings reveal that life in Indigenous communities and schools can be improved by utilizing traditional teachings, cultural values and Indigenous knowledge.

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