Federal funding for elders

First nations elders in Rocky Mountain House will be better able to share their stories thanks to federal funding announced on Friday. Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins presented the Rocky Native Friendship Centre with $24,900 provided through the New Horizons for Seniors program.

First nations elders in Rocky Mountain House will be better able to share their stories thanks to federal funding announced on Friday.

Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins presented the Rocky Native Friendship Centre with $24,900 provided through the New Horizons for Seniors program.

The centre will use the money to get local elders to engage with the community and share their knowledge.

Elders get to decide the projects and initiatives they will run to get their stories out to the community.

Friendship Centre executive director Candace Daychief said the town’s residents will benefit from the knowledge.

“It’s the seniors that want that awareness out there just about aboriginal people and how they’re living in urban settings, how they’re affected. They want people to see how their lives are,” she explained.