Martin Millen

Martin Millen is a member of Matachewan First Nation, a community at the top of the Arctic Watershed in Northern Ontario. He has been privileged to spend the last 24 years learning the stories, songs, ceremonies and truths of the Anishinaabe Peoples from the Elders and Wisdom Keepers who carry the original knowledges of Turtle Island. Martin worked for his community as the Research Coordinator with respect to forest management planning, giving him a solid base in the field of land use planning within the Boreal Forest. Today, one of Martin’s roles is to continue supporting the healing of the people who depend on the medicines and waters of the land which is the foundation of original Indigenous knowledge.

Through Aktamowin Aki Services, Martin has built a unique relationship between a major mining company and an unprecedented group of Elders and Knowledge Keepers from across Canada who have become known as the AMAK Elders Circle. The foundational work of AMAK has been to build a model for sharing the responsibility for land use planning and management which is based on, but not limited to, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Moving into the 21st Century, innovation and collaboration will require physical actions by all cultures. The AMAK model is one of the many that are needed in these changing times. Martin is maintaining the vision required for this work, on behalf of the AMAK Elders and all those who are taking their responsibility for the future generations.