The Directive – Apr 4/2017

Welcome to The Directive. This is a regular assortment of father related news stories, information, and fun stuff.  If you have anything you would like posted here, please send it our way. Into the Circle: Joining the Journey of Indigenous Fatherhood.  This is professional development training for anyone working with First Nations families and fathers: …

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New Dad Manual – Resources for Aboriginal Fathers

In traditional Aboriginal teachings, a child's spirit chooses both parents. That is a powerful idea for a father. It means that, even though you are not the one who gave birth to your child, your child chose you to be their dad. That creates both a responsibility and an opportunity to develop a relationship with …

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Alex Nayanookeesic, Loving Dad and Loving Husband (Part 4)

If you've been reading about Alex over the past 18 months you've witnessed him growing into his role as a young father and how he's received support from and given support to his family and loved ones. In this, the fourth installment in this ongoing series we take a peek at how the challenges and …

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Alex Nayanookeesic, Dad to Three Young Children and Loving Husband

It has been one year since my daughter, Laura, and Alex got married.  With the addition of baby Alex Junior (AJ) last July the time seems to have gone by in an instant, like the flash of the firefly in the late evening.  An Aboriginal proverb by the Blackfoot likens the passage of life to …

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Aboriginal Fathers – the most important roles

It is June 21.  In Canada it is National Aboriginal Day.  This is a day where we honour the Indigenous people who have been established in this country for millenia.  Fatherhood has been a growing issue within Aboriginal communities in recent times, with many things influencing the role these fathers take in their children's lives. …

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