Vision Keepers

You’re invited to discover who Marie-Josée Tardif is, along with the journey she’s taken hand-in-hand with Anicinape hereditary chief, T8aminik (Dominique Rankin). There are the various resources offered by her alone, as well as those created in partnership with Grand-father T8aminik.

The wonderfully complementary alliance of Marie-Josée and T8aminik gave birth to Les Enseignements Kisis, for their solo and collaborative activities. But their impact is much greater thanks to two organizations they co-founded: Kina8at-Together and the Dominique Rankin Foundation.

What is the role of indigenous spiritual guides in our time?

Native spiritual guides in the Americas are known as “elders”. This is why they are often respectfully referred to as grandfathers or grandmothers. Elders cannot call themselves such. Nor is there any academic training to do so. They simply acquire the title through peer recognition, based on their experience and knowledge. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with a person’s age, but rather with their level of cultural and traditional knowledge. Canada is increasingly recognizing the role played by Aboriginal elders in a variety of ways, from health approaches to professional organizations and ceremonial occasions.

What is a Vision Keeper?

Alongside what are known as Aboriginal Elders (i.e. spiritual guides recognized by their peers) are the people we now refer to as cultural transmitters and knowledge keepers.
Although Marie-Josée Tardif is today the holder of a great deal of traditional knowledge, she prefers to refer to herself as a vision keeper, as this designation is closer to what drives her deeply on her life’s journey.