Frank is a South Slavey Dene and a Residential School Survivor from Liidlii Kue’ (Fort Simpson). Frank understands and lives his traditions, speaks his language, and is a self-aware confident person who knows the strength of his abilities.
He has a sound awareness of his culture, including the cultural diversity of the northern territories: the NT and Yukon. In addition to his living knowledge of the appropriate protocols of First Nation, Metis & Inuit traditions and values, Frank has a detailed understanding of the history and impacts of residential schools to compliment his working knowledge of the best healing practices across Canada.
Frank has 15 years of experience in social justice as lead suicide prevention trainer and as a certified addictions counsellor. He also has 6 years of experience as a parole officer in justice and corrections, as well as a community liaison with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF). Within this time, Frank developed residential school survivor’s program services and best practices, moving into delivering mobile psycho-educational trauma recovery healing programs as a residential school specialist. Most recently, Frank has been working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as the NT/Yukon Liaison.
Frank is reputed for being a strong public speaker, facilitator, and trainer. Throughout all of his career, he has been, and continues to be, dedicated to his people. Justly, Frank is motivated to assist when, where, and how he can. He sums up his lifetime and experience in saying “It is a meaningful journey to work with my own people. I am always humbled by the strength and history of who we were, still are, and the beauty of our young people… our future.”