Kurtis McAdam

Knowledge Keeper; Activist

Kurtis McAdam is from Big River First Nation (located in what is now called Saskatchewan) and is a direct descendant to treaty signatory Chief Saysewehum (Treaty No. 6). He is a father, storyteller, a knowledge keeper and an activist. He was raised in a traditional Cree family and has spent his entire life learning the old ways of the Cree people. He worked for Correctional Services Canada for over 20 years delivering Aboriginal programs. He is a co-instructor and knowledge keeper for the “Indigenous Laws” and “Learning Critical Thinking Through Nehiyaw Teachings” courses, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. As a consultant, he also does research with Elders to collect and preserve Cree oral stories and teachings. He is passionate about learning more about the Cree culture, travelling and learning new things related to the land.