Elder Rick Lightning - Lightning Camp & Associates
Born in Morley, Alberta and raised by his parents Albert and Jesse Lightning in a traditional way, Rick Lightning has a strong foundation of Plains Cree cultural knowledge. From a young age, his father, Albert (Buffalo Child) was a traditional Elder and healer taught him about political issues facing Maskwacis Cree and about his people's traditions and culture. Rick is a third generation residential school survivor; he attended the residential school at Maskwacis on the Ermineskin Reserve. Rick's cultural knowledge has played a huge role in his career. He has worked as a counsellor in the fields of alcohol and drug addictions and family remediation and was elected councillor of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, serving from 2004-2007. Rick, like his father, has addressed many public forums regarding the protection of traditional knowledge. Rick has a long history of serving on boards and committees at the local, provincial, and national levels. Rick has received certificates from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society in mediation, negotiation, and restorative justice. Rick has been supported over the past thirty three years by his wife, Inez Lightning, originally from the Ojibwe Nation in Ontario. His family consists of six girls and four boys, and other traditionally adopted children. He has thirty grandchildren and three capan (great grandchildren).