A conference in Cochrane on September 20th and 21st is for Indigenous men 18 and older, and is called “Taking Care of Our Women’s Hearts.”
Indigenous Men’s Alliance founder Kris Morrison – who says his favourite title is “Dad” – says it will teach about the circle led by Moms, taking in children and elders. The men’s role is to stand on the line of the circle, providing for it.
“We leave the circle to come back, or leave the home to come back and we provide for that circle,” Morrison notes. “And we also protect, stand on the line protecting it.”
Morrison says Men’s Alliance is meant to let men know they’re not alone. If anyone is facing a challenge, there are other men to support him and have likely been through something similar.
“Even if they’re grieving because of a lost father, relative, family member, the Indigenous Men’s Alliance is a place where we’ll have your back.”
The conference at the Tim Horton Event Centre features eight workshops, a sacred fire, and a dinner of moose meat stew and bannock.
Full details on it are available from the Alliance’s Facebook page; by emailing [email protected]; or by calling Morrison at 705-465-5314. They’re also in this audio link to the interview we did for this story: