Harriet had a happy childhood growing up in Pine Falls. “Our families would go berry picking in the fall. We children would play while the adults picked. I headed off to residential school at age 4. While gone, two of my siblings were born.”
Harriet attended three residential schools over a period of 13 years. “I lost my language during my nine years in Portage La Prairie."
Harriet married Stan Prince from Nestor Falls and raised three children. Her children grew up and moved to Vancouver. Harriet followed. “I’ve been there since 1985. I retired ten years later. That year, I started on the Red Road. It began when I met a Cree Elder from Hobbema. I didn’t know much about my culture then. I started learning how to live a healthy life."
Harriet has returned to Manitoba for the summer months the past 10 years to attend Sun Dances, Sweat Lodge Ceremonies and to Powwow dance. “I began dancing in the ‘70’s but now dance a lot. I’ve attended every Manitohabee in Winnipeg since it started."
"I like the way I live now – by the 7 teachings. I get up every morning thankful to the Creator for my life."