Rose Auger

Healing begins with enlightenment. Rose Auger, whose traditional Cree name is “Woman Who Stands Strong”, has been healing and enlightening all her life. Under her prompting, the eyes of the world became focussed on the plight of the Lubicon Cree who had been left out of Treaty 8 and were living in poverty and despair. She has worked with Aboriginal offenders inside and outside the walls of Canada’s prisons for the past 25 years and was a leading proponent of allowing Aboriginal ceremony and teaching into correctional facilities. A busy schedule of healing circles, ceremonies, conferences, and community service brings her healing message to people across Canada and the United States. She was the first person asked to sit on the Correctional Services of Canada’s Council of Elders when it was formed in 1990. The Buffalo Robe Medicine Society she founded in Alberta in 1980 has dedicated itself to bringing juvenile offenders closer to their Mother Earth, their heritage, and themselves. She was a board member of the Native American Lodge in Yelm, Washington, an elder with the United States Youth & Elders Council from 1977 to 1995, and currently acts as an advisor to the National Parole Board of Canada. She is also coordinator of the Buffalo Robe Travelling College in northern Alberta and a healer with the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. Rose Auger continues to be a woman who stands strong on the principles of the Aboriginal healing way. She received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her commitment to the preservation of tradition and teaching.