The role of Elders in all Indigenous communities is vital. Our Elders fulfill the role of historians, librarians, coaches, mentors, and guides. Surrounded by Cedar’s Elder in Residence provides a wide range of cultural support to all program areas of Surrounded by Cedar and is available to provide support, guidance, advice and encouragement to all agency staff, children and youth in care, caregivers and birth family members.

To assist in fulfilling the agency’s vision, the Elder in Residence works to facilitate a positive, respectful and culturally appropriate environment, while breaking down stigmas and systemic barriers. Staff are supported by the Elder in Residence to perform their duties in a way that incorporates services rooted in strong cultural values.