The above-mentioned article was printed in the book published in 1989 by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) and entitled: All Nations of Saskatchewan Indian Elders. Thus, accordingly the article is reprinted here in the format it was published, noting the interview and community member profile of the late Jean Marie Felix.
As per the above-mentioned, the following cites the SICC reprinted article noting the interview and community member profile of the late Jean Marie Felix:
Jean Marie Felix Sturgeon Lake Reserve
My parents lived in Whitefish Lake and then my family moved to the Sturgeon Lake Reserve. I was born on the Sturgeon Lake Reserve and I was also raised there. I have 8 children and they are all grown up. I have about 30 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
I really am thankful to the Father above for the gifts that he has given to us, the Indian, and the health of our loved ones. The families that we have, have to be appreciated and are something special to be thankful for.
All these things are gone. The respect and love that we once had is all gone and I’m afraid that we are at a loss. For instance the visiting of one another is gone. There is no brotherhood among the Indian anymore. We think of each other as strangers. I wish this would be straightened out. This would benefit the young. This is the reason why I’m working in the area that you see me, to try and revive these and other things. I go into the schools here at Prince Albert. I try to share everything that I have experienced. I appreciate the time that is given to me and the chance to speak to the youth. I try to tell them to retain their Indianism and the language that they were born into. Maybe the young parents are not teaching the children these things, simple things like respect for their Elders and for others.