Wanbdi Wakita has spent a lifetime making prayers for people. As a residential school survivor, peace keeper with the Canadian Armed Forces, Chief of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Sundance Chief, Wanbdi has walked many paths. Eventually his journey led him to the work that was always waiting for him, a work given to him by Creator, that of a Wicasa Wakan or Holy Man.
With the gentle nudging of profound spiritual experiences and visions, Wanbdi Wakita surrendered into this role and since then has worked tirelessly to help people from all nations and all walks of life. His life is a testament to one’s ability to overcome tragic circumstances, heal and go on to fulfill one’s potential and purpose.
Wanbdi Wakita has devoted over three decades to work with men in prison. Presently, he works in the role of Grandfather in Residence to the University of Manitoba Access Program. He is a gifted counselor, captivating storyteller/presenter and is described as gentle, soft spoken, a man of integrity and profound wisdom.
In 2016 he received the Order of Manitoba for his life long work to support those in need and to champion a message of healing and unit between all nations. Wanbdi possesses a rare breadth of traditional and culture knowledge. Wanbdi Wakita is Creator’s gift to a struggling people.
You can read more about Wanbdi at imarriedaholyman.com
Pahan Pte San Win is Lakota, Cree & Metis, with family roots that reach back to Wood Mountain in southern Saskatchewan. Her name means Grey Swan Buffalo Woman.
With formal training from the University of Calgary, Pahan has worked as a counseling therapist with hundreds who came seeking relief from pain and suffering. She is particularly proud of her work with Indian Residential School Survivors.
In her words, “I stand in witness to the resiliency of the human spirit and our immense capacity to heal. The spiritual growth that came to me through years spent in prayer and ceremony has allowed me the insight to understand the lessons life was teaching me.”
In 2016, Pahan was presented with the 10th Annual Aboriginal Circle of Educators Award in the category of Honouring Our Elders, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Pahan is an accomplished storyteller sharing remarkable accounts on her blog, “IMarriedaHolyMan”. Pahan is a published author most recently contributing to the anthology “Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters”, by editors Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt (2018).
Perhaps most importantly, to incarcerated youth at the Manitoba Youth Centre, Pahan is Kunsi or Grandmother, an Indigenous Spiritual Caregiver and to the Sundance of Women, Pahan is the Sundance Chief. Pahan’s vision to have a Sundance that honours our stolen sisters was realized in 2017 and continues until 2020.