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. Guy is a thought leader on contemporary Indigenous issues.
Guy is a fifth generation Half-Breed (Métis) from Flin Flon, Manitoba with roots dating back to 1812 in Red River. 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. He was the Special Assistant to the Minister of Northern Affairs and Business Development in the Province of Manitoba and in Ottawa, Guy headed up the federal government’s Aboriginal Career Development Initiative and was instrumental in designing and implementing Health Canada’s Aboriginal Head Start program.
In 2006, Guy created the most effective, comprehensive and professional one-day Indigenous awareness training session in the country and the only one delivered by a three-member, senior First Nations, Métis and Inuit team and an Elder.
Guy served as a 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 the Board of Directors of the Ontario government’s Champlain Local Health Integration Network and 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. In October 2017 Saskatchewan’s Gabriel Dumont Institute published his first book of poetry, Little Athapapuskow, A Métis Love Story. He carries and honours his Ojibwe Spirit Names Kwingogwaági Pizhew (Wolverine Star Lynx) and is a member the Lynx Clan.