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Cheryl Webster

November 20, 2014

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Cheryl Webster, a Tl'azt'en member and sit in Lusilyoo (frog) clan. My mother is Shirley (Prince) Schweizer, Nak'azdli, My grandparents are Norman and Cecelia Prince Nak'azdli and Tl'azt'en respectfully. My great grandparents are Rosalie and Alec Prince (Bubba parents) and Damian and Celica Pierre (Cecilia Parents). I am mother of six children three girls and boys and grandmother of soon to be 8 equitably four girls and four boys.

I earned by Bachelors of Commerce from UNBC 2008, worked at Carrier Sekani Tribal Council 2008-2011, then was asked by the elder to apply at SD 57 for the position Elder and knowledge foci from there I held a position on the Language Team  and now back with Elders. It was through the work I did with Carrier Sekani and my involvement with elders began in 2004 with Gathering our Voices Youth Gathering. I was the Walk Tall Aboriginal Youth Achievement Coordinator, AGA coordinator and back to Youth & Elder Coordinator.   I worked with the elder groups- Nechako Metis Elders Society, PG Metis Elders society and PG Dakelh Elders Society with Healthy Elder Lifestyle Program., which was a health and wellness program. The elders back in 2004 asked me to come under their wings to learn from them and I have taken their knowledge to better my personal and professional life.

It is through this journey I have evolved to learn many things from the elders in their quest to help our Aboriginal students in urban Prince George. One being the medicine plants, in which I brought them to John Prince Research Camp in Fort St James where I met many elder whose knowledge was passed down to all of us for use to teach the children. Since 2008 I have been building a research medicine from ecology, the significance of each plant, put together a training module that used, also build a First Nation Plant Trail in Esker Park, so we have a vehicle to bring the students out into nature see for themselves and enjoy what mother nature provides for us. The connection and respect our elders taught me about my environment to a whole new level. Thank you Nak'azdli and Tl'azt'en Elders for sharing and the other entire elders who have and will continue to share their knowledge with me and our students.