Using respectful language with children

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Using respectful language with children

I think it's very important when we talk about children and to children, that we are really conscious about our language. It can impact the way that we see things, the way that we talk is really about the way that we feel, and it doesn't really matter what comes first. When we speak, from my tribal perspective, when we speak about children, we always make sure that we use words like 'sacred' - we refer to our children as being sacred. When we are talking to children, we do that with respect. It's really about the difference between asking your child, 'What's wrong' with them, and asking 'What happened?'

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Shannon Crossbear

Native American Elder

Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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