Meet Mike Gladue

Born into a family of 10 children, Mike is the youngest with 4 older Sisters and 5 older Brothers. He was raised by his mother, with the family on welfare as his father passed away in his early childhood. As a child growing up Growing up mainly in Alberta he faced racism, witnessed violence and alcoholism, endured abuse and survived street and prison life. He has a deep understanding of struggling lifestyle and identity. Life’s unfortunate events, much like many others that grew up in some sort of dysfunction, almost drove Mike to life’s most depressed state mentally, and emotionally. That is when life changed for him Spiritually. After 25 years of self destruction and self abuse, Mike found his culture and his Identity. For the first time in his life he was proud to be a First Nations person. Slowly but surely he is a Brother, an Uncle, a Son, a Cousin, a Musoom (Grand Father), a Father (of 14) and a Man. He freely admits he’s far from perfect, but wakes up every morning trying his best to follow his teachings and allow the Creator to guide his way throughout the day.

He recently took part in and successfully completed the “Walk for Nations”, a cross-country Healing Journey. The focus was on the Youth and the High-Risk lifestyle that attracts them. The main purpose was to educate the nation on the lateral effects of the residue left from the abuses of the Residential Schools. First Nations People lost Tradition and Culture. Even our Family dynamics and Parenting skills were lost because of those abuses. The “Walk for Nations” , in 2011 covered the entire country from Island Point in the East Coast to Island Point on the West Coast, visiting hundreds of First Nations communities near the Trans Canada over 8 1/2 months. All participants told their life stories as a means to bring understanding and healing to youth, parents and communities.

His only wish is for people to honour the struggles that life has to offer, and understand that we (First Nation/Metis/Inuit) can heal from the abuse and neglect left with the residue of the Residential Schools. What we survived through, is NOT of our Culture or of our doing. Together with forgiveness, we all can share our Healing..


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