David Crombie Award
Ernest W. Matton (Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a) (Elder Little Brown Bear)
Little Brown Bear is a respected Métis Elder, and spiritual ambassador who blends Traditional teachings with mainstream information to provide holistic healing approaches for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and professional disciplines. He shares this expertise as a proud member of the Michael Garron Toronto East Health Network family. There, he is the Manager of Indigenous Culture and manages and facilitates the newly accredited Aboriginal Healing Program – a program he has spent the past six years developing. As an expert in the areas of trauma, addiction and mental health, he is both a sought-after speaker and effective group facilitator in the areas of Trauma/Addictions/Mental Health, grief, suicide, conflict resolution, mediation, anger release, and Building Healthy Relationships.
He is a helper and guide who inspires living in today’s hectic world, bridging culture and professional disciplines to assist people in finding what works with his years of experience in the field, Little Brown Bear makes wellness practices and spirituality simple. Drawing from his academic background, vast work and personal life experiences, he focuses on what works to bring balance and inspiration to everyday 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 (OACCPP) Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.
He wears the Yellow Sash with pride in Honoring those missing and murderer Indigenous Women and 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”.