The mission of the Thirteen Grandmothers Society is to gather the voices and insights of female residential school survivors and empower these women, through providing cultural healing as a way of moving our women forward as well as our communities. By creating healing for our grandmothers, we can later address the needs of our communities by developing future initiatives that directly involve the grandmothers as a way of creating positive change and fostering peaceful leadership.
The vision of Thirteen Grandmothers Society is to create a collective voice of women that will promote a matriarchal leadership in communities by restoring and creating a strong link to culture, teachings, ceremonies and traditional knowledge to our grandmothers so they can bring it back into their communities.
Promoting Holistic Healing
By working with communities, it is integral to include healing services that address the needs of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
There is a strong need for feminine leadership to guide our communities into making informed and long-term decisions that will better impact the outcome of our communities' well-being and future.
It is important to recognize that our spiritual growth is what will create the catalyst for change by being the forefront of our decision-making and providing council to leaders in the community.
Fostering Positive Leadership in Communities
Thirteen Grandmothers Society seeks to create community and organizational partnerships in order to build leadership opportunities for our grandmothers to become a part of.
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Delivering Cultural Healing
Welcome to the Thirteen Grandmothers site,
What is the Thirteen Grandmothers about? Thirteen Grandmothers is a a cultural healing project that is meant to bring female residential school survivors together for a transformational healing journey to rediscovering their indigenous womanhood and teachings through cultural experiences that they were culturally stripped of when they were taken from their communities.
The cultural goal of this project is to gather thirteen female residential school survivors from thirteen different First Nation communities in Canada, who were former students of residential schools where they will transform their lives by healing their inner-child through culture and ceremonies for these are women who weren't brought up with their traditional values, language and beliefs. This project will involve working with communities to bring together a series of regalia making, drum making, traditional teachings including the Thirteen Grandmother Moon teachings,stories, songs, and ceremonies as a form of healing. The women will participate in learning about their culture as well as creating their first regalia and drum. A gathering for these grandmothers will be hosted in honour of their holistic journey to reclaiming their indigenous womanhood.
Thirteen Grandmothers was recently entered into a voting platform for funding at Aviva Community Fund, and initially, included thirteen grandmothers but have recognized that while a small example would be a great influence for other communities to create their own grandmother projects, there is a great calling for healing among our communities and so with that, it is with an even greater effort that this project will attempt the impossible only to show that no heart's initiative is impossible.
Stay connected to hear of the resilience in these grandmothers' stories while they were growing up in a time not long ago and hear of how they are continuing to build strength and find healing within their lives. Watch their transformation unfold, and experience our own, as we send these grandmothers on their way to finding truth, rebuilding their lives, and rightfully returning what was taken and lost from them, their culture and identities.
Creating change in communities...