The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is committed to creating a meaningful dialogue in working with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Manitoba. The Manitoba Advocate seeks to consult and collaborate with Indigenous Elders / Knowledge Keepers to guide the office’s practice with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children, youth, and young adults.
The Elders Council at MACY consists of male and female members from diverse communities who are representative of the children and youth we serve. They provide valuable perspectives and wisdom that are shaped through lived experience. Members of the Elders Council are respected by their communities and hold the knowledge that is needed to ensure services are provided in a respectful manner and reflects MACY’s commitment to walking a path of reconciliation. The Elders Council is guided by the Seven Teachings: Love, Respect, Truth, Courage, Wisdom, Honesty and Humility.
The Elders Council provides both spiritual and cultural understanding in MACY’s ongoing work and they provide guidance and advice directly to the Manitoba Advocate and the two Deputy Advocates. The Elders provide support as MACY continues to develop and deepen its relationships with the First Nations governments and their communities. MACY relies on the Elders Council for support in the areas of advocacy, community engagement, special reports, investigations, and public education.