As the global pandemic evolves, as do the demands on leaders, particularly in heath and healthcare. There are many competing priorities, along with numerous opportunities to lead during social awakening and celebrate the successes over the past four months.
As we move forward we need to address the traumas and challenges that community members have faced and that have also been imposed upon humans around the world. Through sharing personal stories, and traditional teachings, interconnect us through the same mind and spirit. Our traditional teachings speak to walking together in unity to heal pain and restore dignity, to create a peaceful harmonious place to live on Mother Earth. Through reconciliation, grieving, forgiveness, unity, building healthy relationships healing and balance, we can leave a better future for our children, grandchildren and those yet to be born
Join LEADS Canada Vice-President Brenda Lammi and Dr. Jaason Geerts and our special guest, Elder Little Brown Bear, for a campfire-style chat entitled, “A Talk from the Heart”.
Special Guest: Elder Little Brown Bear
Ernest W Matton, (Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) (Elder Little Brown Bear) – Is a highly respected Métis Elder, and spiritual ambassador who blends Traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and professional disciplines.
He is both a sought-after seminar speaker and effective group facilitator an expert in the areas of Trauma/Addictions/Mental Wellbeing (Health), grief, suicide, conflict resolution, forgiveness, mediation, anger release, and Building Healthy Relationships.
He shares this expertise as a proud member of the Toronto East Health Network family. There, he is the, Director of Aboriginal Education, Programs, Culture and the Elder for the Accredited Leading Practice Aboriginal Healing Program a program he has spent the past eight years developing at Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network and Co Director and Co-Producer of Healing the Nation documentary and Conductor of the Bear’s Den All Nations Traditional Medicine Sweat Lodge.
He inspires bridging culture and professional disciplines in today’s hectic world, to assist people in finding what works. Drawing from his academic background, vast work and personal life experiences, he focuses on what works to bring balance and inspiration to everyday life and makes wellness practices and spirituality simple. He says that “being Aboriginal is not a life style it is a way of life".
He is a graduate of CANADORE COLLEGE and BROCK UNIVERSITY. He is a member in good standing with the (CACCF) Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and (OAMHP) Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.
He wears the YELLOW SASH with pride in Honouring those missing and murderer Aboriginal Women and girls. He speaks to the commitment to breaking the cycle of violence and abuse. Elder Little Brown Bear’s guiding philosophy is simple: “People don't care how much you know, they want to know how much you care”.
He has been recognized for the following;
Elder’s outstanding career and experience position him well to illuminate the key components of effective leadership, framed within the domains of the LEADS framework. He will also share his thoughts on opportunities for hope and improvement.
- Brock Alumni Achievement Award for Service beyond the classroom to make a real difference in the lives of those you work with.
- Inducted into the Order of Ontario by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
- Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his contributions to Outstanding Indigenous Leadership by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada
- Received the very prestigious Barb Robinson Indigenous Award of Excellence from the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation
- David Crombie 2018 Urban Leadership Award.
- Premier's Awards for College Graduates.
- Colleges Ontario – As a Premier’s Awards recipient, he was awarded a $5,000 bursary from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that will be donated to the college from which he graduated.
- Canadore College – 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.
- He has been Honoured with the Human Spirit Award by the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and
- The recipient of the Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award), one of the City of Toronto's Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards.