EPE Indigenous Circle
The EndPovertyEdmonton Indigenous Circle (IC) is a fluid and open membership table inclusive of all Indigenous peoples and communities. It includes Elders, knowledge keepers and cultural resource people and encourages the participation of Indigenous youth and those who have seen poverty.
The IC grounds itself in Indigenous ways of knowing and being to invise, inform and influence the work of EndPovertyEdmonton and its Stewardship Round Table. The circle guides itself by the following principles and values:
Four Natural Laws: kindness, honesty, sharing, strength (Nihiyaw/Cree)
Seven Grandfather Teachings: wisdom, love, courage, respect, truth, humility, honesty (Anishinabe/Ojibway)
Thinking ahead toward the seventh generation
The work of the circle upholds the United Nations Declaration on the the RIghts of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) , the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The circle selects two co-chairs to represent both the male and female ways of knowing.
EPE Indigenous Circle Co-Chairs
Lloyd Cardinal is Cree from Wolf Lake, Alberta of both Treaty and Metis ancestry and his family comes from the Eagle Clan. He was raised traditionally by his Mosum and Kokum in Wolf Lake hunting and, trapping. This is how he connected with his true identity and culture. When Lloyd moved to Edmonton he experienced a loss of culture and lost his way for 14 years to alcohol addiction and poverty. When he came into healing a drum was passed down to him by his father and the drum took him on a healing journey. Lloyd has been drumming now for seven years working in the inner city within homelessness. He has seen the drum bring healing to people. Now, Lloyd is a drum keeper, makes Pow Wow and hand drums and is a member of the Nehiyawak singers.
Tracy Wilson, Boyle Street Community Services
The EPE Indigenous Circle promotes teaching through traditional ceremony, as a means of restoring cultural identity and understanding the path forward. It seeks to include members from other EPE tables in ceremony, so that we might all walk together on the journey to reconciliation and ending poverty.
Throughout the Road Map
With 35 actions identified within the first five years of the EndPovertyEdmonton Strategy, the Indigenous Circle plays an important role in ensuring that all actions embody Indigenous ways of knowing and provide for the inclusion and recognition of Indigenous peoples and community.
In particular, the circle is heavily involved in the first four actions: