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Wahkohtowin: A Cree Way of Living

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Wahkohtowin helped four Cree bands in Alberta come together for a common school system.

Wahkohtowin — whether called a natural law, tradition or learning — is a fundamental concept in the Cree way of viewing the world. It stresses kinship, not just with family but also with community, the land around us and all living creatures. And it calls for consideration of our responsibilities to the world, and future generations, in every decision we make.

Andrea Smith explores Wahkohtowin in this Tyee series, not just as a concept but also as a method of building stronger communities, improving education and transforming child welfare.

In This Series

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Wahkohtowin: A Cree Way of Living

How a traditional way of seeing the world and our place in it offers a path for communities today.

By Andrea Smith, 25 Feb 2019


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How Four Cree Bands Used Wahkohtowin to Build a Better School System

A traditional way of seeing the world offers a path for communities today.

By Andrea Smith, 27 Feb 2019


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Could Wahkohtowin Help Us Fix Child Welfare?

How a traditional way of seeing the world offers a path for communities today. Last in a series.

By Andrea Smith, 1 Mar 2019


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