Elder Lorna Standingready

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Elder Lorna Standingready

Elder Lorna Standingready, Luther College Elder-in-Residence is a direct descendent of one of the negotiators, Ka-Na-Hah-Cha-Pay-O (Skillful Archer) of Treaty 4 Territory and great niece of Chief Peepeekisis, son of Ka-Na-Hah-Cha-Pay-O.

Elder Lorna had been blessed with six children and a grandson she and her late husband, David H. Acoose, raised. Lorna lost her husband in 2004, lost two children and has lost three grandchildren. Lorna is a Kokum and now has twenty (20) grandchildren and twenty – eight (28) great- grandchildren.

Elder Lorna is a ten (10) year Indian Residential School Survivor and attended three (3) Indian Residential Schools that were managed and operated by the Anglican Church of Canada, United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church of Canada;

1. St. Mary’s Indian Residential School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

2. Portage La Prairie Indian Residential School, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

3. Birtle Indian Residential School, Birtle, Manitoba.

Lorna was also a foster child in Froude, Saskatchewan.

Elder Lorna has worked in many capacities from being a farm labourer to a Research Assistant for her Member of Parliament in Ottawa. She has been a volunteer with over forty (40) organizations in her community. John Howard Society, Regina Anti- Poverty Ministry and The Regina Action and Education on Child Hunger (REACH) to name a few, as well as being a board member on different committees and organizations at the provincial and federal level. Today, Lorna is called upon to say a Welcome to Treaty 4 Territory and a Blessing at many events.

Elder Lorna has won many awards from the age of twelve years in 1958 for Public Speaking to just recently receiving a trophy for twenty years of volunteer work from the Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH). In between Elder Lorna has won the Saskatchewan Jubilee Award and Queen Elizabeth 11 Jubilee Award, the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Award and other awards and Scholarships. Elder Lorna graduated with a Business Administration Degree from the University of Regina in 2000 and is a life- long learner.

She speaks of her reverent connection to the earth, how she “starts every morning by going outside and facing East to pray for all my relations” what the Lakota call Mitkuye Oyas’in-prayers and works for justice and mercy woven together harmoniously into a profound interconnectedness.

Today, Elder Lorna brings her years of knowledge, culture and tradition as the Elder in Residence at Luther College, Elder for Caring Hearts, and Elder for the Treaty Four Education Alliance. Elder Lorna also does Sharing Circles for Ranch Erhlo and shares her traditional knowledge about life’s challenges to those wanting to speak to an Elder. Elder Lorna is also a National Elder for the United Church of Canada and was Past Leading Elder of the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada. Lorna was part of the United Church of Canada Delegation to travel to Australia to immerse herself with the culture, reconciliation process and similarities of the Stolen Generation in Australia and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada