Grandmother Malihatkwa Gwen Therrien

Sundancing for Our Ancestors, Our Loved Ones and Our Mother Earth


Malihatkwa Gwen Therrien is a dynamic energetic spiritual Elder, teacher, healer, presenter, artist and a proud First Nation Warrior Woman from Samahquam in St'at'imc Territory (maternal lineage) and Secewepemc Territory (paternal lineage), both in British Columbia, Canada. A victorious survivor of the infamous Canadian residential school system imposed on First Nation Aboriginals for 140 years, she is now member of Xa'xt'sa/Douglas First Nation and, since 1975, has been an advocate and activist on issues arising from the injustices faced by Aboriginal people for many decades. Her love and respect for her ancestry is expressed through her deep spiritual practice of the Sundance way of life, as well as her art — she is a talented textile artist and is the author of the book, ‘Granny and Papa, A Living Portrait’ with stories about her matrilineal lineage. Malihatkwa loves being ‘Aunty Mali’ to the world at large. ‘All My Relations’, Malihatkwa.