My mom had me when she was 17, so she didn't get to finish high school until after I was born. Even though it must not have been easy to go back to school with a baby, she did. She has continued her education throughout my whole life, all while raising five kids and often working at the same time.

Connie Walker and mom

Connie Walker and her mom: "My mom had me when she was 17 so she didn't get to finish high school until after I was born. (Connie Walker)

My mother taught us not only the value of hard work but also of sacrifice since we knew that her efforts were not just for her but for all of us — her family. I'm so proud of her and grateful that she taught me that learning is a life-long endeavour.

What did you learn from your mom? CBC Aboriginal put the word out — and here are some of the amazing replies and photos you shared with us.

There's still time to send in your pictures and stories, on Twitter or Facebook.

Happy Mother's Day.

Joseph Boyden and mother

Joseph Boyden and his mom, Sharon: Growing up, my mother sewed all of our clothes for my many siblings and me. (Joseph Boyden)

Joseph Boyden: Growing up, my mother sewed all of our clothes for my many siblings and me. Now that I look back at it, what a daunting task. In honour of her countless hours of work, and in part because I must have inherited that focused and dying skill, I taught myself to sew in my 20s.

I hand-stitch moccasins and mukluks for friends, and especially walking out shoes for their newborns.

Michelle Thrush and mother

Michelle Thrush and her mom: My mom taught me strength and perseverance. She reminds me constantly to be grateful for my blessings! (Michelle Thrush)

​Michelle Thrush: My mom taught me strength and perseverance. She made it through so many difficulties, including being born during the depression in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan and she reminds me constantly to be grateful for my blessings!

Nadya Kwandibens: I've had many mothers having grown up in foster care. My twin brother, older sister, and I were "lost" in the foster care system for many years. My mother's name is Gina, and when we were united with our family I felt so happy and proud, knowing that this beautiful woman was my real mom.

Over the years as I grew older she taught me about resiliency and that no matter what happens, you have push through the tough situations and stay true to who you are, to stay true to your feelings. She lives in Ottawa now and I'm always travelling a lot, but wherever she moves to I always visit and it's like we never parted ways.

Gizhawenimin nimaamaa! xxoo

Duncan McCue and mother

Duncan McCue and his mom: This is my favourite picture of my mom and me, from back in my university days. (Duncan McCue)

Duncan McCue: This is my favourite picture of my mom and me, from back in my university days. She epitomizes unconditional love. Compassion, social justice, enthusiasm for Canadian literature she taught me that and more. And tough! Once, some older boys were picking on me, and I pleaded with her to come outside and tell them off.

“Fight your own battles,” she said. But one of a multitude of teachings. Thanks, Mom.

Cris Derksen: My mom is definitely my biggest fan and support. She listened to me when I was a very young child asking about music lessons and she gave up her car fund to buy me a piano when I was five. She taught me that life was in fact my own oyster and believed in my dreams before I could conceive them as a possibility. My mother taught me about undying love and how to persevere through every mountain and valley our life takes us on. Also I learned through my mother's hard work how lucky I am to have a job that can sometimes feel like a vacation!

 

Kimberly Wojciechowski-Boyko and her mom

Kimberly Wojciechowski-Boyko: This is my beautiful mother, Ruth Murdock. Her true beauty shines from within. She has deep desire to empower her community and educate the masses on the Residential School System and the intergenerational effects of it. Her laugh is infectious and she is truly the heart of her family. (Kimberly Wojciechowski-Boyko)

Kimberly Wojciechowski-Boyko: This is my beautiful mother, Ruth Murdock. Her true beauty shines from within. My mother is a hard-working, good woman who loves unconditionally and without judgment. She has a wonderful ability to make everyone feel at ease and included.

She has deep desire to empower her community and educate the masses on the Residential School System and the inter-generational effects of it. Her laugh is infectious and she is truly the heart of her family. If you've ever been lucky enough to work with her, or be taught by her, you know you're a better person for it.

Waubgeshig Rice: My mother, Mona, has taught me many extremely invaluable lessons in my life. One of the lessons I cherish the most is to be respectful and understanding of others. She always taught me to be tolerant and kind, and I try to carry myself that way every day. As a young Canadian woman from small town Ontario, she moved to an Anishinaabe community after marrying my father in order to raise their forthcoming sons in the culture. It was a big step for her, and I've always admired her for that. She's always been one of the biggest proponents of Anishinaabe culture and Indigenous issues. Her compassionate perspective brightens the lives of many, and I will be forever grateful that she's my mom.

Geraldine Carriere and mother

Geraldine Carriere: My mom taught me how to dream! That with passion, persistence and hard work, I could achieve anything -- one of the reasons I can do the things I do today. (Geraldine Carriere)

Geraldine Carriere: My mom taught me how to dream! She instilled in me that with openness, a hunger to learn and having the ability to challenge myself, would help me do anything. The world was my playground. That with passion, persistence and hard work, I could achieve anything. One of the may reasons I can do the things I do today. Thank you Mom!!

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