Rick (Patrick) Lightning is a Mosom/Elder from Maskwacis, raised in the traditions of Plains Cree, Nehiyaw. He is a third-generation residential school survivor.
Through his consulting company, Lightning Camp and Associates, Rick has facilitated cross cultural training, youth workshops, grief recovery, and program assessments. He is certified as a mental health therapist/counsellor and is trained in suicide and gang intervention. Rick also has mediation, negotiation and restorative justice certification.
As a policy technician, he had assisted with the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples for approximately 25 years. He also has been a cultural advisor to Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, Wilton J. Littlechild.
Rick has been a Cultural Support Worker to the Indian Residential Schools (IRS), Mental Health, Aboriginal Youth Communities Empowerment Strategy (AYCES), and the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) programs at Maskwacis.
Currently, Rick is the resident Elder, or Mosom, as he prefers to be called, for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.