Resources for Teachers and Students on Leonard George
Prepare: Leonard George is former chief of the Tsleil-Waututh
Nation, also known as the Burrard Band, located in the coastal regions
of British Columbia. His biography can be found on the website of
People's Cultural Foundation.
Leonard George wrote an original
essay for the Architects of Peace project. In the essay, he
examines the sufferings of "our Mother, the Earth."
Explore: Affiliated with Northern Arizona University, the
Tribal Environmental Professionals, ITEP, assists Indian tribes
in the management of their environmental resources through training
and educational programs. Their resource center, available on the
internet, serves as a clearinghouse for tribal environmental staff.
Write: Leonard George's Architects of Peace essay is written
in an aphoristic style where each sentence takes on a mythic quality.
The two central aphorisms of the text are: "We must face the
worst in ourselves in order to be our best," and "Once
we have it within, then we have to give it away." Write a three-to-five
page narrative essay, employing an anecdotal style and a first-person
point of view, where you exemplify either one of those aphorisms
and relate it to the process of achieving peace.
Please visit the tribal homepage of the Tsleil-Waututh
Additional Resource: Leonard George is past president of
Our Spirit," an organization dedicated to preventing the
spread of HIV/AIDS within the aboriginal community.
Biography of Leonard George