Elder Little Brown Bear (Ernest Matton)
Elder Little Brown Bear is both a sought-after speaker and an effective group facilitator in the areas of trauma/addictions/mental health, grief, suicide and conflict resolution. He is inspired by 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 and in life, and drawing on his academic background, Little Brown Bear makes wellness practices and spirituality accessible. 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.”
He is Manager of Aboriginal Culture and the Aboriginal Healing Program at the Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network in Toronto, and has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Order of Ontario, the Sovereign’s Medal and the David Crombie Award. He has assisted many organizations in creating Indigenous-sensitive programs and policies.
Elder Little Brown Bear is a graduate of Canadore College and Brock University. He is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).