Leroy Little Bear
Leroy Little Bear was born and raised on the Blood Indian Reserve (Kainai First Nation) west of Lethbridge, Alberta. One of the first Native students to complete a program of study at the University of Lethbridge, Little Bear graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971. He continued his education at the College of Law, University of Utah, completing a Juris Doctor Degree in 1975.
Little Bear returned to his alma mater as a founding member of Canada’s first Native American Studies Department. He remained at the University of Lethbridge as a researcher, faculty member and department chair until his official retirement in 1997.
He has served as Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, and was instrumental in the creation of a Bachelor of Management in First Nations Governance at the University of Lethbridge – the only program of its kind in the country.
Little Bear continues to pursue new research interests including North American Indian science and Western physics, and the exploration of Blackfoot knowledge through songs, stories and landscape. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education, the highest honour bestowed by Canada’s First Nations community.
He has served as a consultant to local and national organizations including the Blood Tribe, Indian Association of Alberta and the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. Little Bear’s legal advice is widely sought on such significant issues as land claims, treaties, and hunting and fishing rights. Leroy Little Bear is the co-author of several books on self-government and Aboriginal rights, including “Pathways to Self Determination”, “Quest For Justice”, and “Governments in Conflict”.
Sarah loves what she does, and brings an open-hearted practicality to it. Her passion is helping individuals, families, and communities find spiritual practices and ceremonies that that honour their souls’ experiences as they move through life transitions.
She has made her own journeys through darkness and difficulty, into healing and resolution.
She loves being with people in the depths of what is real. When the familiar structures of our lives are stripped away, we show up as we really are, and our most genuine humanity is revealed.
Sarah has a Masters Degree in Environmental Philosophy, a Masters Certificate in Intuition Medicine, and a PhD in Transformative Learning.
She knows when to be serious, and when laughter is the medicine that’s needed. She is deeply committed to individual and community healing, and will help us learn how be that kind of healers as well.
Known as The Courage Giver, RJ says “You do not have to die where you are living and you do not have to live where they are dying”. Her own story is a testament to the wisdom one can gain by paying attention and seeing possibilities rather than problems when faced with life’s challenges. Diagnosed with a rare eye condition at an early age has led her to focus not on what she can see, but on the sightless vision of hope and possibility most individuals miss.
Equipped with her unique humor, unflagging energy and unsparing personal truth, RJ has conducted more than 5000 workshops, training sessions, and keynote addresses all over the world.
Singing together to nourish the soul and re-enchant the world with song.
Part of Laurence’s mission is to re-acquaint people with their birthright and natural ability to make beautiful and meaningful sound together. Most of the songs he has written are short, easy to learn, chant-like songs with several layers that fit over and around each other in interesting and pleasurable rhythmic and harmonic challenges that make them fun to sing.
Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal “technologies of belonging” that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being.
When such an exchange is genuinely made, and the song finds its natural ending, often there is a sweet, lively silence in which we simply stand and hold the “enchantment,” the sense of deep and genuine communion amongst each other and with the whole living world.
Laurence will guide us each day in a short, wonderful chanting exercise (that even those who ‘can’t sing’ can do) to enliven our bodies and spirits.
As human beings we long for authentic connection. Most of us have learned some communication skills, but deep, authentic connection still evades many of us.
Bob Jones has developed his own workshop called ConneXions which helps people develop the tools, skills and self-awareness to connect more deeply and authentically with themselves, with others in their lives and with their sense of purpose.
In this highly interactive session, Bob draws out collective elder wisdom and teach us some simple tools for deepening connection.
For more than half a century, Bob was a software developer, living in his left brain – his head. About 25 years ago he discovered his right brain – his heart. Since that discovery he has been working to integrate both head and heart into a whole and balanced person.
He discovered the Mankind Project in 2001, and since then has staffed their New Warrior Training Adventure more than 40 times, led dozens of MKP Primary Integration Trainings and sat in a men’s circle he created in Bellingham, Washington 15 years ago.
His integration work has improved every aspect of his life; as an engineer, a husband, a father, and a human being. In this session we will benefit from the lessons of Bob’s journey, and of our own.
Bob was interviewed in March, 2016 by the Voice of America. They talked about his life as a programmer and his experiences with the Mankind Project. Here is that interview.
The Elder in Folktales
Elder Folktales describe in story the various aspects of eldership. Storyteller Noel McNaughton will tell a couple of Elder tales and you will help discover what the parts of the story mean, and especially what they mean to you.
The Elder Journey
men participating will recall the process of becoming more Elder-like created by the Elder body of the Mankind Project. The Elder Journey begins with the realization that one is curious and ends with a focus on elder service. Terry will lead you through that process with some presentation and lots of discussion.
Bruce Rosove and Norm Pearl
How can MKP Warrior Brothers best relate to other groups or individuals
working on issues that affect men in our society?
One perspective on supporting or connecting with so-called men’s rights groups is that they are too political and therefore we should not connect with them.
Another perspective is that these groups that are seeking to deal with men’s issues are made up of people who could benefit from the skills and support that MKP helps men develop. Moreover, by relating to these groups we might increase the positive impact that MKP has already had in the world.
Here is a list of some of the issues these so-called men’s rights groups are dealing with or at least highlighting:
– significant drop in male enrolment in post-secondary education;
– sexual violence against men and boys;
– lower funding and research on men’s health issues.
– 98% of military deaths are men;
– 94% of workplace fatalities are men;
– 75% of suicides are men;
– 90% of the homeless are men;
– the damage of wrongful paternity;
– custody battles, where fathers lose their children;
– lack of services for male victims of domestic violence;
– disparity in criminal sentencing
Singing and Chanting together
Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal “technologies of belonging” that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls. When we sing together and the song finds its natural ending, often there is a sweet, lively silence in which we simply stand and hold the “enchantment,” the sense of deep and genuine communion amongst each other and with the whole living world. In this breakout Laurence will help us do that.
The Elder Mission
You have a Warrior Mission, but do you have and Elder Mission? In this breakout Ed will guide you through the process of writing your own Elder Mission.
Death and Transformation
Join Sarah for further exploration and small group conversation about death, bereavement, and transformation. This breakout session will be an opportunity to learn and share ideas about how to meet death as a village-making event.
Men and Sexuality
In this breakout we will gain a greater appreciation of the magic of our sexuality, which is simultaneously simple and intertwined. We must first connect deeply with ourselves before we can connect deeply with another. That can be easy, and it can be hard, but it takes consciousness.
We will also look at appreciating the value of talking with and listening to other men. Sexuality should not be a hidden topic – there is so much we can learn from one another.