|“Men and women have an equal responsibility to restore the strength of the family, which is the foundation of all cultures.”|
|–Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders|
|The family is the heartbeat of strength of the culture. The grandfathers and grandmothers taught their children; they in turn had children who taught their children. If the family isn’t taught the culture, then the children become adults, and the adults become the grandfathers and grandmothers, and the result is the culture becomes lost. This is how language is lost; this is how dances are lost; this is how knowledge is lost. We need to listen to our Elders, today, before it’s too late.|
Great Spirit, teach me the culture so I can teach the children.