NIWRC’s Speakers Bureau: Cindy Martin/ Eahwahęwi’ (Carrier of News)

I am an Indigenous mother from a native community in Ontario.  I have worked in my community for many years promoting traditional health, volunteered as a fire fighter and involved with community sports.  I continue to enjoy walking, writing, singing, paddling, golfing and archery to help me be healthy.

Traditionally, my identity follows my mother and we belong to the turtle clan from the Cayuga Nation.  My three grown children are turtles as well.  As the Haudenosaunee, we are Ambassadors of Peace.  My traditional name is Eahwahęwi’ and means “Carrier of News”.

The Creator gave me a vision to help native people reconnect to self, family and culture.  It is based on the Great Law teachings of the Peace Maker’s message for those who seek peace, strength and a good mind.  I followed my own wellness path which led me to my relatives and friends who helped me with ceremony, traditional medicine and songs.  Guided by my vision, my ancestors and my relatives, all three helped me heal from abuse and sexual assault.  My three-year healing journey validated our traditional ways to heal my body, mind, spirit and soul.  When I achieved peace, strength and a good mind…my purpose is to help my people recover, rebuild and reclaim self from abuse, violence and trauma.

Cindy/Eahwahęwi’s book Recover. Rebuild. Reclaim Self: The Empowerment of Eahwahewi’, is an Indigenous healing journey to find peace, strength and a good mind. A quest of empowerment, self-care and coping with complex emotions. A spiritual awakening and a deeper understanding of purpose. Eahwahewi’ is a survivor of violence, abuse and sexual assault – this is her story of resilience. Eahwahęwi’s story was given voice in a women’s film documentary, W’at About Us, world premier on May 9, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Toronto Ontario Canada.

VIEW: Cindy Martins Speakers Bureau profile.