Mitch is a pipe carrier and a 25 year Sundancer. He has kept the fire for the Grandmothers Council, Sisters in Spirit, and many more national and ceremonial events.
Mitch was part of a group called the Thunder Eagle Society, who in early 1990's, lobbied for the creation of Canada's First Indigenous High School, Children of the Earth. He also participated in the creation of the original Bear Clan Patrol.. From September 2014 to April 2016, Mitch acted as an advisor for the current Bear Clan Patrol and in April 2016, Mitch assisted the North Point Douglas Women's Centre in creating the Mama Bear Clan Patrol.
Over the years, Mitch has formed a therapeutic community by which he and a group colleagues offer a cultural program for Indigenous youth through Child and Family Services. The group participates in monthly sweat lodges, the summer sundance season, and many other ceremonies. The group also actively participates in various community events that involve such issues as Missing and Murdered Women, the impacts of Residential Schools and any issue that impacts the Indigenous community. Mitch and his young men often serve as helpers, builders and protectors in the community. The group volunteers with Mama Bear Clan Patrol, Drag the Red, Got Bannock, the Indigenous Folklorama pavilion and the Teddy Bear's Picnic.
Another program that Mitch facilitates is the Ogijita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin Program (OPK). In this program young adults from the ages 16 to 40 are supported in making positive changes in their lives. Mitch works with those who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System and in gang life. He visits the institutions and supports people as they leave prison and gang life. Participants are supported in the areas of housing, employment, mental health, addictions and any general life issues that get in the way of a good life.
Mitch is a Social Worker in the Louis Riel School Division. He also consults and contracts for Manitoba Blue Cross, Urban Circle Training, Rossbrook House, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, Native Addiction Council of Manitoba, N.E.R.C, C.E.D.A, Thunderbird House, and the Youth Correction Spotlight Probation Gang Unit. Mitch serves as an Elder for the Metis Child and Family Services Authority.
Mitch provides Elder services to Urban Circle, C.E.D.A. Pathways, Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services , Animikii Child and Family Services and Northwinds Lodge.
Mitch has a Masters Degree in Social Work and instructs at the University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface, and the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Social Work Aboriginal Focus Programs and Inner City Studies . Awards April 2018 - Honoured Citizen, Winnipeg Police Service, in recognition of outstanding support and commitment to public safety.
October 2017 - Govenor General of Canada, Her Majesty The Queen: Meritorious Service Medal
July 2017 - Royal Canadian Humane Association: Bronze Medal for Bravery
June 2017 - Wilfred Laurier University: Certificate of Committment and Support in the MSW Aboriginal Field of Study
May 2017 - Metis Child Servicing System: Certificate of Bravery
April 2017 - Gonzaga Middle School: Recognition and Inspiration Award