My name is Warren Lewis. My traditional name is Eyaankejiget, which translates as “one who builds bridges between peoples”. I am an Anishinaabe of Ojibwe and Potawatomi descent. I am a part of the Fish Clan (who are said to be the intellectuals, dreamers, and philosophers) and the Deer Clan (who are said to be the gentle people, pacifists, and peacekeepers) and I embody all of these traits. I am a community member from the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory where our land has never been surrendered. Having been raised on the reserve I have first-hand knowledge of the issues that our people face and I have ideas about how we can overcome the barriers that many of our people face on reserves. Having spent much time in the cities as well I also possess first-hand knowledge of the issues that our people face and I also have ideas about how we can overcome barriers that many of our people face in the cities and urban environments. I continually draw from all of my personal and professional experiences to guide my work and teachings. I have made it my life’s work to empower our people by contributing to our First Nations Peoples mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. I have worked at the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre as a Healthy Living Coordinator, at the North Bay Regional Health Centre as a Clinical Coordinator, at the Near North District School Board as an Artist in Residence, at Canadore College as a Professor, at the Anishinaabek Educational Institute as an Instructor, and with my current business Bodewadmi Consulting as an Educator and Coach where I have facilitated numerous workshops for Indigenous organizations and communities throughout Ontario. The traditional name of the Potawatomi (Bode-wad-mi) which translates as “keepers of the fire” was the inspiration for my business Bodewadmi Consulting.
Creating Healthy Adaptations for Natural Growth and Empowerment.
Creating Helpers who Embrace Reconciliation within Institutions and Systems using Humanism.