Cat Criger is an Aboriginal Elder, Traditional Teacher and Mentor from the First Nations People. He is Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan from the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. Cat has been working as a Traditional Teacher and Healer for more than 20 years in the Native and multi-cultural community in Canada, the USA, England and Wales. He was taught in the old way, working for many years with the guidance of an Aniishnawbe Elder (Zaawawagaabo) and other First Nations Elders in Canada and the USA, and was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work and to help all people to ‘walk in a good way’ though life. Presently he holds the position of Traditional Elder for UTSC, UTM, UT Med Sciences, UT Faculty of Law and the Indigenous Education Network at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is a Traditional Teacher at First Nations House U of T, and standing Elder for the Council for Aboriginal Initiatives for the U of T. He was also a recent recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in the community speaking to diversity, equity, respect for women, anti-racism and anti-oppression.
In his spare time Cat is a NCCP competitive archery coach, astronomer, artist, hiker, kayaker, participates in extreme sports when possible, is pursuing a degree in photography, volunteers at children’s day care and enjoys spending time with his family and kittens.