Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Stories of Parenting in a Contemporary Society is a collection of stories, inspired by a wealth of experiences across space and time from a kokum, an auntie, two-spirit parents, a Metis mother, a Tlinglit/Anishnabe Metis mother and an allied feminist mother. This book is born our of the need to share experiences and stories. Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of passing on teachings and values that we have in our Indigenous communities. This book weaves personal stories to explore mothering practices and examines historical contexts and underpinnings that contribute to contemporary parenting practices. We share our stories with the hope that it will resonate with readers whether they are in the classroom or in the community. Like our contributors, we are from all walks of life, sharing diverse perspectives about mothering whether it be as a mother, auntie, kokum, or other adopted role. Carrie Bourassa is the new Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury. Elder Betty McKenna is Anishnabae from the Shoal River Band and is knowledgeable about many traditional teachings which she has learned from her grandmother and from teachings of various other elders. Darlene Juschka teaches in Women's and Gender Studies and Religious Studies at the University or Regina.