Elders-in-Residence provide cultural and spiritual guidance to students and staff of the University of Manitoba. Elders are housed in Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge. To make an appointment or to request Elder services, please contact the Indigenous Student Centre: 204-474-8850.
Elder Norman Meade
Norman was born in Bissett, Manitoba, but grew up in the Metis settlement of Manigotagan. He went to the public school in Manigotagan, the Ojibway word for Bad Throat School. He finished Grade 9 in Manigotagan and then went to the San Antonio High School in Bissett.
In the early 1960's, Norman was hired at the gold mine in Bissett where he worked as a labourer and eventually became a full-fledged miner.
During this time, Norman met Thelma Barker of Hollow Water First Nation whom he married in 1967. They have two children and six grandchildren.
Norman then worked for the Wanipigow Producer's Co-op in Manigotagan for five years, first as one of the pulp wood cutters and then later as the manager.
In the mid 1970's, Norman was hired by the provincial government where he would spend a total of 26 years working in various positions including: employment consultant, local development officer, co-op development officer, and consumer services officer.
Norman also spent four years with the Northern Association of Community Councils as a field worker and later as the Executive Director. He also worked for the Manitoba Metis Federation for two years as a Metis Services Officer.
In his later years, Norman continues to be active in the community serving as an Elder and a Pastor. He serves on various boards in the city of Winnipeg. He is also an avid curler and is the founder of the Aboriginal Curling League of Winnipeg.
Elder Marlene Kayseas
Marlene Kayseas is Anishinabe and was born in Fishing Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. She is fluent in the Ojibway language and has extensive knowledge in her culture. Marlene is a residential school survivor which helped influence her decision to create spiritual, cultural and traditional programming within her community.
Marlene stopped going to school at an early age but returned as a young adult. She has worked in the addictions and health services field for the past 35 years. Marlene most recently worked at the Health Sciences Centre on a program which helped promote the necessities and advantages to breast feeding; she also taught parenting skills, educating young mothers in their beginnings of becoming parents. The success of the program was attributed to Marlene’s ability to connect with these mothers and led to Marlene working for HSC as an Aboriginal Advisor Counsellor for many years.
Marlene has 5 daughters, 1 son, 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren who keep her busy when she is not working.
Marlene is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with the University of Manitoba community. To make an appointment to visit with Marlene, please call 204-474-8850 or drop by the Indigenous Student Centre located on the Main floor of Migizii Agamik.