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Traditional indigenous child rearing philosophies adopt a wholistic (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) approach to child rearing while being inclusive of the family unit and the community. Prior to contact of European settlers, many tribes of the Great Plains (Prairies) used the Tipi for housing of the family and community. Tipi’s need 13 poles to make the circle of the Tipi and two additional poles for smoke flaps; each pole in the Tipi there are Traditional beliefs about child rearing. These Traditional Teachings work together collectively, equally by leaning on one another to hold up the Tipi, reflecting the strength of Indigenous peoples.
Ko'ona Saber(Cochrane) is an Anishinaabe-kwe member of the BizhiwDoodem (Lynx Clan) from Peguis First Nation, where her father Walter George Cochrane was integral in the reclamation of indigenous cultural practices prior to her birth in 1970. Ko’ona has been sharing her indigenous teachings for over twenty years, through traditional family parenting education and hand drumming. She had resided in the North End of Winnipeg for thirteen years, where she worked strengthening and supporting indigenous families and children. In 2017 life changed dramatically for Ko’ona, June 21 her father’s birthday, she married Ivon Saber multi-talented land developer. They now spend their time between properties on the shores of east Lake Winnipeg near Hollow Water First Nation and winters in YaqanNukiy Territory of southern British Columbia.