I am a 57-year-old man of Haudenosaunee descent from both sides of my family. I was raised in the Niagara region and have many ties and to not only our Peoples here within Niagara but well beyond. I have been an active member with our local Friendship Centre since childhood and continue to work with my Peoples to help build a more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.
I have many years of experience of volunteerism, board membership and employee through the Centre, with the dream of furthering our growth towards economic self-sustainability. On this path I have garnered some lasting partnerships and friendships in all sectors of our society.
I continue to be a volunteer counsellor with our Indigenous Justice Diversion Program and sit on the Advisory council. As well as with the Justice Sharing Table group that oversees the challenges and complexities associated with our own Indigenous Peoples court. We brainstorm with all our Justice frontline workers, Aboriginal Legal services, presiding Justices, Crown Attorneys, Ministry of Attorney General administration staff, Police Association, Law Society, John Howard Society and our Traditional Knowledges Keepers, which I was selected by from our Justice team.
The past 4 years I have been involved with the development of having Niagara Region designated as a UNESCO Geopark, which will in turn create some economic opportunities for my community in the coming years.
I am also an established community musician who enjoys and partakes in our Traditional Haudenosaunee songs as well as a Pow Wow singer and Cree Round dance songs too. I am a co-founder of a 7-piece blues/rock/funk/jazz jam band called Ol’ Child too.
I have travelled across the country learning about Our Ways of Life and my Indigenous brothers and sisters’ ways, wherever the opportunity presents itself.
I have come to enjoy life at every crossroads because for myself the beauty lies in the unknown.