Oki! Siksika Elder’s Services upholds a vision to contribute to a caring, unified community by promoting a healthy lifestyle through workshops, presentations and community activities.
Siksika Elder’s Services upholds a vision to contribute to a caring, uniﬁed community by promoting a healthy lifestyle through workshops, presentations and community activities. Program goals are to: advocate for all Siksika Nation Elders; provide activities for Elders to promote wellness; and assist with Old Age Pension applications and tax returns.
According to the 2016 Canadian census, 99.88% of Siksika’s local population speaks English as their first official language, 0% reported knowledge of French only, and 19.8% speak Blackfoot as a secondary language. As such, we use predominantly English, the primary language (current) of Siksika Nation, with an emphasis on translation and education in Blackfoot, the traditional language of the Siksika people. This falls in accordance with Article 13 of the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, that “Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.” This approach will contribute to overall program outcomes, as the Blackfoot language is an important aspect of Siksika – Blackfoot culture.