Dr. Francis Whiskeyjack is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation and has dedicated his life to serving others while also committing himself to the principle of lifelong learning. He is passionate about sharing traditional knowledge and teachings. He provides council and mentorship while also promoting awareness and understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.
Francis has worked for over 15 years as an Elder and cultural advisor at various community organizations and educational institutions. He currently holds the position as Elder for the University of Alberta, Macewan University and Concordia University of Edmonton where he supports students and staff in a variety of capacities. He is fluent in nehiyawewin (Plains Cree Language) and promotes the learning and retention of the language.
In 2010, Francis was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. In 2019, Francis received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.
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