Lewis Cardinal – Indigenous Spirituality Educator & Activist

One of the many organizations Lewis is involved with is the Parliament of the World’s Religions. As a trustee and member for many years, Lewis has shared his Indigenous culture and spirituality at global tables and conversations that he describes as being like “the Olympics of world religions”, in that they gather in a different city once every four years to bring together leaders from many nations and spiritual traditions. Lewis also works with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action, and when he speaks about his family’s experience as survivors of Canada’s residential schools Lewis emphasizes just how important education and action are in the journey of reconciliation. Lewis is also project manager at the Indigenous Knowledge & Wisdom Centre, and he tells us about a new Indigenous cultural centre being constructed in Edmonton’s river valley, called Kihciy Askiy (pronounced key-chee-ask-ee for “sacred land”).

With all of the great stories about his work and the wisdom that Lewis has to share, it was difficult to wrap up our conversation after only 55 minutes. There’s way too much packed into this podcast to try to describe in just a short paragraph, so you’ll have to listen to the full conversation and hopefully we will have Lewis on as a guest again in the near future!