Lloyd Martin

Cultural Spiritual Advisor

kakīsimototamākēw ᑲᑮᓯᒧᑐᑕᒫᑫᐤ

Lloyd, a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience working within correctional facilities across Western Canada, has been instrumental in providing spiritual and cultural care while actively promoting the reclamation of the Cree language among incarcerated individuals. His unwavering commitment to this cause has made a profound impact on the lives of countless men.

Lloyd’s journey in supporting Indigenous communities extends back to 1980 when he first became involved with Mosakahikan Cree Nation as the Director of Social Development and in 1982 he joined the Friendship Centre movement. He began his career as a referral counselor and, over the years, steadily rose through the ranks to become the esteemed Executive Director of the Pas Friendship Centre in Manitoba. His tenure in this role showcased his exceptional leadership and dedication to fostering inclusivity and support for Indigenous individuals within the community.

For the past 43 years, Lloyd has walked a sacred path, embracing a life free from alcohol and drugs. His journey has been deeply rooted in Indigenous ceremonies, a testament to his unwavering commitment to spiritual growth and personal well-being.

While his list of accomplishments is extensive, Lloyd holds his role as a father and grandfather in the highest regard. It is through his grandchildren that he been entrusted with the sacred responsibility of carrying ceremony and medicine bundles, a testament to the respect and admiration he has earned within his community.

Today, Lloyd’s focus has shifted towards empowering other Indigenous people to decolonize and revitalize their cultural heritage and language. His passion for preserving and revitalizing Indigenous traditions unwavering, reflecting his dedication to fostering a stronger, more resilient Indigenous community for generations to come. Lloyd’s life and work serve as an inspirational example of the power of culture, language, and resilience in the face of adversity.

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