Our Team
Guy Freedman (Pizhew)
President & Senior Partner

Guy Freedman President and Senior Partner of the First Peoples Group, Guy Freedman is an entrepreneurial leader and talented facilitator with diversified experience in the development, implementation, management and operation of projects, services and programs. Pizhew (Lynx) of the Lynx Clan is a thought leader on contemporary Indigenous issues.

Guy is a fifth generation Michif (Métis) from Flin Flon, Manitoba. He is closely connected to the community and is dedicated to the revival, renaissance and resurgence of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures through the arts, media and business.

Guy was a senior provincial and federal public servant for almost 20 years. From 1982 to 1985 he was the Special Assistant to the Minister of Northern Affairs and Business Development in the Province of Manitoba. In Ottawa, Guy headed up the federal government’s Aboriginal Career Development Initiative and as the Senior Program Officer for Health Canada's Aboriginal Head Start program, he was instrumental in designing and implementing this hallmark government early education initiative for Aboriginal children.

In 2006, Guy created a unique, innovative and comprehensive Indigenous Awareness program designed to transfer the impressive and proud history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. First Peoples Group’s sessions also focus on repairing and renewing the relationship between Canada and the First Peoples. Today it remains the most effective, comprehensive and professional one-day session in the country.

From 2011 to 2012, Guy served as the Senior Advisor (Reconciliation) for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In his role at the TRC Guy assisted in developing the conversation around reconciliation with Canadians. He is a member of Canadians For a New Partnership (www.cfnp.ca) and a recent appointee to the Board of Directors of the Ontario government's Champlain Local Heath Integration Network. Guy has recently been selected to become a member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Standing Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Guy is a talented moderator and facilitator, keynote speaker and writer. He focuses on such topics as identity, self-esteem, culture, wellness, career and using one’s gift to the best of their ability. Saskatchewan’s Gabriel Dumont Institute is publishing his first book of poetry, Little Athapapuskow, A Métis Love Story.