“Nishiiyuu Life Skills Program helped me to see hope on how to restore the teachings of honor, respect, love, unity…”
“Nishiiyuu Life Skills Program helped me to see hope on how to restore the teachings of honor, respect, love, unity and identity back into our lives, families, communities and nation. I believe this is not only the vision of our ancestors but purpose of every child, youth, women, men and elder. And once we find our purpose, only then we can determine our destiny.”
Wayne Rabbitskin is a survivor of many challenges in life and he continues his journey for the highest good, and to honor and respect his ancestors’ valour, as a Nishiiyuu man. Not only did he survive, he thrived and came out with a new spin on life more wonderful than he could have imagined. His vision in becoming a healthy Nishiiyuu man and an activist towards ending violence against women, has allowed him to lead awareness for Nishiiyuu men by walking from Chisasibi to Mistissini (1,000 kms). Wayne strongly believes that in order to end a disrespectful behavior against women, Cree men need to be involved and take part in finding solutions for the destructive and heartbreaking behavior towards all females, as the Nishiiyuu way is to honor and respect women, the life-givers.
During childhood, Wayne moved from location to location when his parents went to further their studies. His parent’s are now both teacher retirees. Wayne mostly grew up in Eeyou Istchee, specifically in Chisasibi. He was grounded with values that are of primary importance of understanding of what is to be a Cree individual. Despite Wayne’s once led negative lifestyle during his younger years, he knew in his true nature and heart that he had a humble leadership skill. He then realized that he was not going to go any further if he continued with this negative lifestyle and that is when he was first awakened to pick himself up and lead a sobriety and a healthy lifestyle.
Wayne’s education background consists of Business Administration and Human Resources Management but his work experience and commitment has always been as a frontline worker and presently going on to 5 years of service for Cree Board of Health & Social Services of James Bay, as a NNADAP Worker (Addictions Counselor) in Ouje-Bougoumou. Wayne is a living, supportive model of freedom, fulfillment, integrity, and vitality, as he continues his social support and wants the best for all his clientele and all those that may cross his path. He is a humble man with great courage and tenacity.
Wayne Rabbitskins Gala speech
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