A True Restorative Spirit
George spoke at the first ever Alberta Restorative Justice Conference in 2007 where he revealed his winding journey from the debilitating experiences of life in a residential school to a person of forgiveness and integrity.
George was an instructor at Blue Quills First Nation College, a Member of the Board at Native Counselling Services of Alberta and a passionate advocate for Family Group Conferencing in North Eastern Alberta.
As a survivor of the Indian Residential School system, George was a tireless supporter of many First Nations families navigating the child welfare system. George brought a traditional approach to healing and always maintained that families need put their differences aside for the best interest of children
Read the transcript from George's heartfelt address in 2007
Nominations for the 2019 George Brertton Award are now open.
DEADLINE for Nominations: October 25th at midnight
4th Annual George Brertton Award Recipient
Works with the Saddle Lake Restorative Justice Program, and has been employed as a Youth Justice Circle Keeper for the past 4 years. He has been a member of the Saddle Lake Restorative Justice-Youth Justice Committee for over 12 years. Stacey is a youth worker with over 26 years of front line experience working with troubled youth.
Stacey’s commitment to youth work can be witnessed in listening to him talk about his work, as it truly is his passion. He was once told, as a young man, to find a job you truly love, and you will never work a day in your life. Over 26 years of youth work, he has found his calling. He currently resides in Saddle Lake Cree Nation, having married into the community, over 22 years ago to Rhonda Harrison(nee Makokis). His spare time, not that he has lots of it, is taken up by his other passions, which include: fostering a 10 year girl, raising 4 dogs, 3 cats, photography, arts and crafts, and prestidigitation (The Art of Performing Magic), and volunteering with various community programs and projects.