Traditional Aboriginal Elder

Cat (Mark) CrigerCat Criger is an Aboriginal Elder, Traditional Teacher and Mentor from he First Nations People. He is Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. Cat has been working as a Traditional Teacher and Healer for more than 20 years in the Native and multi-cultural community in Canada, the USA, England, Germany, Poland, and Wales. He was taught in the old way, working for many years with the guidance of an Aniishnawbe Elder (Zaawawagaabo) and other First Nations Elders, and was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work and to help all people to 'walk in a good way' though life.

He feels privileged to be able to pass on the aboriginal concepts of philosophy, well being, respect and living in balance with all of creation. Sharing these values and teachings helps individuals to deal with life direction, stress, relationships, and personal journeys and to understand why we are 'here'.

Cat has worked as an Elder with numerous government and Aboriginal agencies in Ontario and Canada. He served as an executive member of the board of directors for Anishnaawbe Health Toronto for many years. Presently he holds the position of Traditional Elder for UTM, UTSC, UT Faculty of Law, UT Med Sciences, and the Indigenous Education Network at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is also one of the standing Elders for the Council for Aboriginal Initiatives for the UofT, Elder with the Peel Aboriginal Network. He was also a recent recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his work in the community speaking to diversity, equity, respect for women, anti-racism and anti-oppression.

Cat also does guest lecturing in multiple faculties in the UofT, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Toronto/Peel District school boards. 

In his spare time Cat is an archer, astronomer, artist, hiker, kayaker, participates in extreme sports when possible, is pursing a degree in photography, and enjoys spending time with his family and kittens.

How to book a meeting with Cat: 

You can contact Cat Criger by e-mail at cat.criger@utoronto.ca to schedule an appointment time. He is currently available on Tuesday and Thursday at UTM and his office is located in the Davis Building, room 2042. Cat can also be contacted by phone at 647.746.4588 or 905.569.4867.