…is fundamental to all beings.
…involves nurturing and raising children.
…extends far beyond biology and bodies.
…is the act and practice of love and the passing on of knowledge.
…occurs across multiple times and spaces
“Mothering is not limited to relationships between a female parent and her biological offspring. Mothering, as a relationship and practice, is a social and cultural act that occurs between multiple configurations of people of many generations – individually and communally. This is something Indigenous peoples have always known, celebrating extended families and lauding the wisdom of matriarchs as it applied and was transmitted to all the younger generations of a community. Mothering, understood in this way as a complex web of relational practices, was and is fundamental to life. This is perhaps also why mothering has often been so threatened while simultaneously holding the potential for (re)building the inherent strengths in our communities.
Aboriginal mothering is recognized as extending beyond the biological act of giving birth and involving a multitude of roles and relationships across times, spaces and generations. Strength to move forward as healthy individuals, families and communities is inextricably linked to Aboriginal women, mothers, grandmothers and aunties….”
The Sacred Space of Womanhood- A National Showcase on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Women and Mothering
©2012 National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
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