“Elder of The Month” May 2023

Ruth was born on the Siksika First Nation east of Calgary, her Father Blackfoot, her mother Cree. She was raised in her traditional culture. As a young child she was placed in the Indian Residential School, where she suffered much abuse.  She survived that experience and the following years of addiction and violence. In 1974, she experienced a spiritual reawakening and chose a healing path. She worked in many helping places until she had a vision to address the legacy of her people, working for many years to establish a shelter for Indigenous women, based on a cultural approach. Today Ruth is a healer, community builder, and Elder. She is currently involved in the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada.  She was appointed to the Provincial Three Eagles Wellness Society for Family Violence Prevention in 1991, where she still serves.