Stronger Together is pleased to introduce the 2021 Knowledge Keepers: Roy and Judy Louis
Roy and Judy Louis have trained thousands of people across Canada on issues of reconciliation, Indigenous education, and healing. As well as providing a blessing to open the conference, Roy and Judy Louis have generously shared their knowledge and time with the Stronger Together 2021 planning team.
Roy Louis is a member of the Samson Cree Nation. He is from a family of leadership and former President of the Indian Association of Alberta.
Roy is a co-founding member of Peace Hills Trust Company and Peace Hills General Insurance that are now into their 30th year.
He is the recipient of Canada’s 125 Medal in 1992 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his continued volunteerism, multiculturalism and promoting cultural awareness and business development for First Nations. He is also the recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in September of 2012.
Mr. Louis was a member of the Senate for the University of Alberta and a member of the Capital Health Authority Board until 1998.
He is on the RCMP’s Aboriginal Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of “K” Division since 2007. Mr. Louis represents “K” – Division at the Ottawa level as well.
Judy is from a family of 9 children: 4 biological siblings of Scandinavian descent and 5 adopted from varied multicultural backgrounds. During the 60’s, many commented her family looked like the United Nations. Her Mom early identified that the First Nations siblings needed to learn about their heritage and so Judy’s journey began along with them. During that time, she was traditionally adopted into a family from the Samson Cree Nation and over time she has learned the beauty and strength of the First Nations People by actively participating in many traditional ceremonies and the teachings of Plains Cree Spiritual Leaders.