Why culture is a protective factor for youth

Shannon Crossbear, Native American Elder, shares advice on how a child's culture can protect them from the challenges faced during youth
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Why culture is a protective factor for youth

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I see culture as a protective factor, and by that I mean that if you envision a shield; that we have all these arrows of risk that are coming at our youth. But if they build that shield out of those things from their culture, they can build that shield strong. If we think about that shield protecting us from the arrows of risk that are flying at us, so that even though those arrows are coming at us, they don't have to mortally wound our youth.

Shannon Crossbear, Native American Elder, shares advice on how a child's culture can protect them from the challenges faced during youth

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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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