First Nations storyteller Lyndon Linklater came to Wadena Elementary School last Thursday to speak to students as part of the Treaty Education Program. Linklater utilizes his heritage and knowledge handed down to him by his elders to deliver poignant messages on a number of subjects.
In 2000, Linklater was appointed to the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speaker’s Bureau. Since then, he has presented his message and stories to more than 30,000 people, from children to adults in all walks of life.
Linklater’s father was Ojibway from Ontario, where Linklater was born. His mother was a Cree from Saskatchewan, where Linklater grew up. He works full-time in the correctional facilities system in Saskatoon and has attained qualifications in law, native studies, and social work.
When asked how he came by the stories and knowledge he shares, he said, ”The First Nations stories were handed down to me by my parents and elders, by word. I also borrow stories and write stories, all to give a particular message aimed at the group I am speaking to.”
During his storytelling, Linklater wore a yellow shirt with ribbons. He explained why he wears this and how the ribbons represent the elements of the earth, and that the yellow of the shirt represents the sun.
Linklater uses his knowledge of ceremonies and First Nations history to deliver a powerful message that aids the listener in understanding the history and treaties of the First Nations people.
By Andy Labdon