Absent Aboriginal Fathers (cont'd)

We continue to take about Aboriginal fathers - a demographic that has been called the greatest untapped resource in the lives of aboriginal children. That quote from Ed John, Grand Chief of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia. We hear from two people working with Aboriginal men - anxious to find new purpose in their lives, and the lives of their children.



Part Two of The Current

Absent Aboriginal Fathers (cont'd)

Over the next hour we'll hear from First Nations men - and women - including from those in our audience here. But first, these issues we are exploring today affect fathers across the country.

Our producer in Halifax, Mary Lynk brings us the story of Pat Marr and his daughter Shenisa from the Indian Brook First Nation in central Nova Scotia.

But tapping the resource that is the Aboriginal Dad and helping each live up to his potential is something Joe Migwans tries to do every day. Joe Migwans is the Traditional Parenting Co-ordinator at Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon. Johnny Brass is one father who finds friendship and guidance there. We aired a taste of some of the work that gets done during a Traditional Parenting session run by Joe Migwans at the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

Joe Migwans joined Anna Maria at our town hall in Whitehorse along with Stan Tu'Inukuafe. Stan is the co-creator of a program in Saskatoon called STR8-UP -- the only program in that city that supports aboriginal youth who want to leave the gang life. Stan also works as a social worker at a high school in Saskatoon.

As you hear from our guests, the story of Aboriginal fathers and their struggles isn't exclusive to the North. More aboriginal people live in Winnipeg than in any other major city in Canada. Suzanne Dufresne, our network producer in Winnipeg shared one story of Maeengan Linklater and Aandeg Jedi Muldrew.