From: In Our Own Aboriginal Voice
Prayer: Coming Together, Darlene McIntosh (Elder with Lheidli T’enneh Nation)
Darlene McIntosh was born in Prince George, BC to Mary Nettie Quaw (Grouse Clan) and Peter Zatorski, as the eldest of six children. Her mother was a residential school survivor, having gone to Lejac. Her father, a second generation Canadian from Austria, came from a farming community in Alberta. Darlene was published in Front Lines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern BC (2011), by UNBC Associate professor in Health Sciences, Sarah de Leeuw. She received credit for helping Dr. Vasiliki Douglas write her book Aboriginal Health and Healthcare in Canada (2015). Her passion is helping people; she has done Healing Touch energy work for over 25 years, and is part of a ladies Spirit Keeper group. She was recognized by the Canadian Federation of University Woman as an “Amazing Woman” for outstanding and ongoing contributions to the Prince George Community. Darlene feels honoured to be an Elder with Lheidli T’enneh Nation, which enables her to do Traditional Welcomes to her territory. She works as a Cultural Advisor in the Aboriginal Resource Centre at the College of New Caledonia, and performs the Sacred Ceremony of Smudging every morning. Though her work is her passion, it comes secondary to her family. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Neil, for 44 years.