We Are All Treaty People

Peter Nippi

Peter Nippi is a member of the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation. Peter has had a lengthy career working in Indigenous Governance and Indigenous Healing Initiatives. He served his community for 15 years as a band councillor and as Chief, and later after receiving his certification from SaskPolytechnic, he worked as an Addictions Councillor.

One of Peter’s biggest accomplishments is maintaining his sobriety for the past 30 years. This healthy lifestyle has brought him many opportunities to work with Indigenous communities by facilitating and fostering revitalization of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and language. He emphasizes that these approaches will assist in healing our Indigenous Treaty partners from the historical and intergenerational traumas endured by IRS and the Indian Act.

Peter has been an Elder’s advisor for the past seven years for the Correctional Service of Canada at the minimum, medium and maximum security levels. He is currently employed with the Saskatoon Tribal Council as an Indian Residential School Support Worker. Peter has a passion to help others and to bring, “understanding and knowledge of the past to the present,” to assist in these healing initiatives. He has practiced this passion by being a helper to ceremonialists for over 40 years and being a ceremonialist himself for the past 30 years.

Peter is very proud of his parents and the way that they raised him. He has said they laid the holistic foundation that connected him to his way of life and identity. He says that the Cree and Saulteaux kinship teachings are integral to ensuing sustainability of our future generations.

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