Keynote Bio

Dr Cheryl Bear is Nadleh Whut’en from the Dakelh Nation and Dumdenyoo Clan (Bear clan) in central British Columbia.

She is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life: the joy, sorrow, faith and journey, through story and song. She has released three albums and authored two books.

She is one of the founding board members of the North American Indigenous Institute of Theological Studies (NAIITS). She is also an Associate Professor at Regent College, in Vancouver, BC.

Cheryl has an earned Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College.

Cheryl is a gifted speaker and teacher who has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She also visits non-Native communities (schools, government, churches, and businesses) holding workshops to raise awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues.