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Russell Willier was born on the Sucker Creek Reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of being selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great-grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. Russell, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help. Russell photo credit: (c) David Young

Russell Willier was born on the Sucker Creek Reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of being selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great-grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. Russell, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help.

Russell photo credit: (c) David Young