Edward Kantonkote Cree

Scholar, surgeon, teacher, a calm voice in troubled times – Montreal’s Dr. Edward Cree has proved he’s all of these and more. A Mohawk from Kanehsatake, Dr. Cree is a world-renowned expert in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Indeed, colleagues from the continent’s most respected hospitals contact him in need of consultation on a regular basis. Dr. Cree is at the top of his profession. Currently a surgeon at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, he serves as head of the oral and maxillofacial surgery department. He has also been chief of the Department of Stomatology and has university teaching responsibilities in the areas of hospital procedures, oral and maxillofacial pathology and surgery. Born and raised at Kanehsatake, Dr. Cree was there when his home community needed it most – the Oka Crisis of 1990. “He consulted ministers, judges and lawyers on a regular basis in order to bring a satisfactory end to that crisis, without bloodshed,” says the Hon. Mr. Justice Rejean Paul, who is of Algonquin descent and a long-time friend. “Not involved in (the) political agendas of various groups, Dr. Cree’s only desire was to bring healing and relief to his Mohawk brothers and sisters.” A graduate of l’Université de Montréal and veteran of studies at leading American and European medical institutions and a well-published scholar, Dr. Cree serves as an advisor to Aboriginal students attempting the route for which he himself has blazed a path. Dr. Edward Cree was the 1999 National Aboriginal Achievement Award recipient in the field of Medicine.