Intergenerational learning can help us broaden our understanding of the world and help us see that we have a lot in common with one another. In Indigenous communities, Elders, grandparents, and older community members are highly respected people who all play a part in ensuring traditional knowledge passes on and continues to live within future generations.
Elders include those who have been recognized by their community for their experience and knowledge, who offer guidance and teachings based on this knowledge to their communities. Grandparents and older family or community members often expect to serve as Elders, knowledge keepers, and mentors who aim to teach cultural practices and traditions. While learning from older community members is important for the endurance of our Indigenous communities and cultures, we can all learn a lot from the younger generations as well.
In this list, you will find a number of books that touch on various aspects of a child’s relationship with their grandparents, Elders, and older community members.