The Spotted Eagle Society was brought to life by seven champions from varied backgrounds, including academic, artistic and Lived Experience. These men are integral to CAAN’s important work:
Trevor Stratton is a 55-year-old, two spirited citizens of the Mississauga’s of the credit first nation near Toronto, Canada with mixed English and Ojibwe heritage. Diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he is the coordinator for the international Indigenous working group on HIV and AIDS (IIGWHA) for its host organization, the Communities, Alliances & Networks (CAAN). Trevor is the president of the board of the two spirited people of the 1st nations in Toronto and a board member of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE). He is also the Interim CEO of the International Indigenous HIV and AIDS Community (IIHAC).
Jefferson is one half of t-he men’s wellness team that was hired to facilitate programs based on reconnecting our males to the land here on Heiltsuk Territory. His passion is helping people become successful in which ever way that looks for them. He wants to meet people where they are at and help them figure out how to get to their goals and dreams.
Elder James Quatell
Elder, Committee Member
Hello, my name is Jimmy Quatell and I live in Campbell River, BC. I’m an elder that delivers culture support, and traditional teachings here in the community. I am also an Elder in Residence within Communities, Alliances & Networks. This program supports all the employees within CAAN spiritually, mentally, and emotionally through their programs or one’s personal well being.
Kelley Bird Naytowhow
My colonized name is Kelley, my spirit name is Black Buffalo Man. I was born in Montreal Lake and have an extended family in Sturgeon Lake. I, Kelley Bird-Naytowhow have been given the chance to give back to community in various ways as CAAN is one way in which I can work alongside excellent spirits.
As a Cree First Nations man, I have completed a Masters in Indigenous Social Work from the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatoon. I am passionately committed to working with Indigenous youth and local organizations serving youth/adults in Saskatoon and in other communities. While working with Indigenous methodologies within some community-based research opportunities, I have chosen to work with methodological teachings and I chose to draw from such medicines as the Medicine Wheel, talking/healing circles, ceremonies such as the Sweatlodge, fasting and the Sundance, Yarning, and Two-eyed seeing.
Jared was raised in an environment that encouraged artistic expression. If his parents were not at a Pow Wow or Ceremony, they were on film sets working on a movie or in the recording studio working on music. Jared wrote his first poem at the age of seven. At the age of fourteen, he discovered his passion for music and song writing. He chose his rap name “J-Rez” as he always felt like it was important to pay homage to his roots. His music is heavily influenced by the Traditional Songs and Stories of his culture as well as contemporary themes and issues Indigenous People face today. Jared and his family drum group “Chippewa Travellers” have travelled and performed coast-to-coast as well as collaborated with notable artists such as: The Hallucination (formerly A Tribe Called Red) and Juno Winner Cris Derksen. J-Rez will continue to be a voice for the Indigenous Youth whose struggles go unnoticed.
Randy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University with a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Aging and Society. Originally from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation (Anishinaabe), Jackson explores lived experience among Indigenous peoples living with HIV and AIDS (IPHAs) using Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and values. Jackson is the Nominated Principal Investigator of, and co-leading with Renée Masching, the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research. Jackson’s program of research explores the use of Indigenous knowledge across diverse topics, including for example, experiences of depression, Indigenous masculinity, Indigenous trans health, two-spirit resilience, and Indigenous peoples living with HIV leadership. Randy is the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and a CANFAR/CAHR award (2020) for excellence in his community-based research work in HIV with Indigenous peoples.