Reclaiming our lives programs aims to provide tools to generate a healthier community

Margaret Potts with her partiapnts from the Reclaiming Our Lives workshop last year. Photo courtesy of Margaret Potts.
By Tawnya Plain Eagle

Reclaiming our lives has kicked off another season of workshops this month. 

The parenting and life skills program consists of 15 classes that focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental aspects of a person’s wellbeing.

By facilitating this workshop in the community, Margaret Potts hopes this program will provide tools to sustain a healthy community for years to come.

Potts utilizes the Medicine Wheel as a way to work through the criteria that is provided by focusing on key areas that are needed to create a healthy home and a healthy person. 

“It’s just really taking a look at yourself and start filling yourself with positive tools to live a good positive life,” Potts said.

A huge portion of her class focuses on spirituality and traditional teachings from different elders.

“Spirituality is our foundation; we need to know where we come from and who we are as nitsitapii.” 

“When we brought Herman Many Guns in, he talked about the days when we were still in tipi’s, how the different ceremonies came to be and the protocols to being inside a tipi,” Potts added.

Through colonization, the assimilation of Indigenous people through residential schools, Potts believes our youth have lost these teachings.

“It is important that the participants understand these teachings since this that was our home back then,” Potts said. 

Some of the fifteen key factors she focuses on during the course of the program are respect, humility, happiness relationships, and kinships.

“It’s all about how we really take care of ourselves,” Potts said. 

Reclaiming our lives program will carry on with sessions until Nov 25, 2020. 

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