Ernest Matton

Ernest Matton

Ernest Matton

Canadore College

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, 1995; General Arts and Science, 1993

Manager, Indigenous Culture and the Aboriginal Healing Program, Michael Garron Hospital – Toronto East Health Network

Métis healer Elder Little Brown Bear (Ernest Matton) blends Indigenous teachings with mainstream western practices in an award-winning approach to addictions treatment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, and the professionals working with them. Community members in Matton’s Toronto-based healing program embark on intensive healing journeys from deep emotional and mental trauma. He purposely has no wait list, and intakes have more than doubled over the past six years. His accolades include investiture to the Order of Ontario; a national Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Difference Makers award; and a Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Outstanding Indigenous Leadership.