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Sep 08 2017

AFHS Monthly Meeting

Topic: “The Value of Oral Traditions”

Roy Bear Chief, from the Siksika Nation.   Roy will be talking to us about oral traditions and how they help indigenous families stay connected, and how family stories can help us know who we are.

The Village is located at 4039 Brentwood Road NW.  There is a link to its location on the AFHS calendar .

Biography

Roy Bear Chief is from the Siksika Nation, located about 95 kilometers east of Calgary . He has been married for almost 42 years. He has a daughter and a son-in-law; 2 other daughters from a previous relationship, and 13 grandchildren as well as 4 great-grandchildren. He has been living in Calgary since 1980.

His education consists of a Nursing Assistant certificate in 1981; a GED in 1990; a Social Work diploma from Mount Royal College in 1994; a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 1999 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 2004.

In 2004, Roy was awarded the PACE (Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence) award as an Alumni of the Bow Valley College. A $5000 award came with it and he turned it over to the Bow Valley College to set up an endowment for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students.  He called it Iyii ka ki maat or “Try Hard”. The endowment is given out on a yearly basis and has helped about ten students over the years. This was his way of giving back to the institution that gave him an opportunity to fulfill his aspirations.

He is currently doing part-time work with Calgary Legal Guidance as an Elder/Program Advisor as well as an Elder-In-Residence for the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University

He also has his life experience as a residential school survivor after spending 10 years in the system from 1955-1964.  It was an experience that still resonates in his mind.