In this episode, I speak with mother, activist and founder of Niitsítapi Water Protectors, Latasha Calf Robe. Latasha shares her story as to what it means to be a Blackfoot mother and woman. We examine how motherhood can be fierce. Motherhood can be empowering. Motherhood can be a push for activism.
Latasha also shares with us her work behind the Niitsítapi Water Protectors and provides guidance for mothers who want to see positive change in their communities for their children but might not be sure where to start.
About Latasha Calf Robe:
Latasha Calf Robe is from the Kainaiwa First Nation and a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. She is the founder and co-lead of the Niitsítapi Water Protectors (NWP) a grassroots collective of Niitsítapi water and land protectors. It was formed in response to the threat of recent coal development projects within Blackfoot traditional territory.
Latasha holds a business degree from Mt. Royal University with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. Latasha currently works as the program manager for 'Map the System Canada,' a global competition that asks students and educators to think differently about social and environmental change. Latasha has also worked as an Indigenous Prosperity Builder for the Institute of Community Prosperity as well as Organizer / Facilitator of Niitsítapi Resiliency and Empowerment Discussion Group. And she was the recipient of the 2017 Calgary Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.
Latasha is from a family of storytellers, her father was a well known storyteller and Latasha continues the tradition. Her book, Niitsippooktsistaanitsi (My Braids), is about Siipisaahkomaapi (Night Boy)—a traditional Blackfoot boy. In this story, he shares his world with his family, and the meaning and gifts of his three braids.
Latasha is a mother of three beautiful Blackfoot children who she raises with her partner.
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