In this series of videos, North American Traditional Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keeper Wa Wa Tei Ikwe shares some of her teachings.
She teaches us that Creator will sometimes send Spirit Guides to bring us teachings and show us a better way when our paths become difficult. These videos are meant to be a resource for anyone looking for guidance on their journey towards a more balanced way of living. They are also intended to be the first steps in a new journey between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who are working towards reconciliation and building healthier relationships. Learn more about why we created these videos here.
This video features a traditional drum song to honour those who take the time to listen to these teachings and all those whose efforts came together to make these videos happen.
Creating Ripples in Our Lives
This is an introduction to Spirit Guide Teachings and to birthing the change we want to see in our lives and our communities as a result of these teachings.
Spirit Guide Teachers & Bear Medicine
Every now and then Creator sends us Spirit Guides to help us along our path in life. When that happens, we need to stop and pay attention, to see and understand what our part is in the new teachings that are coming our way.
The Medicine Wheel
The wheel teaches us that to be healthy we must do our part and live in balance mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Dragonfly Spirit Guide
Dragonfly teachings have the possibility of leading you in the direction of a new journey where you can become the person you were always meant to be, because that person is already inside you.
Listening to Dragonfly Spirit Guide
This is North American Traditional Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keeper Wa Wa Tei Ikwe’s personal story of being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and of letting Spirit Guide Teachers help her change her life.
Learn more About Wa Wa Tei Ikwe
Wa Wa Tei Ikwe, also known as Louise McKay, is a traditional Elder and a descendant of the historic Metis of the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. As an Elder, she is instrumental in guiding CTRI towards embracing the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. In addition, Louise offers training for CTRI and provides cultural support to our trainers. She has bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Justice and Law, and has completed graduate level training in Social Work. Throughout her career, Louise has worked in child welfare, justice, education, health, women’s issues, addictions, spiritual care, and with children and communities in crisis. Highlights include: co-founding a 24-hour youth crisis line called Teen Touch in 1978; working with political parties to ensure the voices of Indigenous people in Canada are heard and reflected in policies and government positions; working with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, to develop a Metis exhibit for the National Museum of the American Indian in 1999. From 2000-2014, Louise also worked with the Southern First Nations in the devolution process of child welfare. She is kind, engaging, and humorous, and believes that when we combine our gifts, we more easily find our balance and thus have a more rewarding and full life.
Why these videos were created
CTRI is committed to partnering with Indigenous Communities and working towards reconciliation. This video project was created in that spirit, and is intended to assist all people working through difficult times in their lives. Learn more about CTRI’s vision and beliefs here.