About us

Wanbdiska Oyate Inc. is a not for profit corporation registered in Manitoba, Canada.  Wanbdiska Oyate means White Eagle Society in the Dakota language.

Governed by a Board of Directors, the organization has bylaws and Articles of Incorporation that guide its work. Wanbdiska Oyate Inc. was created to support the legal and financial needs of the Sundance of Women. It also contributes other activities that promote healthy communities through therapeutic, cultural and spiritual practices. Workshops, speaking engagements and prayer are offered to individuals, groups, organizations and the community upon request and agreement.

Wanbdiska Oyate is seeking charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency and is unable to issue tax receipts at this time. For further information about Wanbdiska Oyate, email contact@wanbdiska.ca.

Board of Directors for Wanbdiska Oyate Inc.

Wanbdi Wakita – Co-Chair

Wanbdi Wakita is a Wicasa Wakan, a Holy Man, who has spent a lifetime making prayers for people. Wanbdi has walked many paths as a residential school survivor, peacekeeper with the Canadian Armed Forces and Chief of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. In 2016 he was invested into the Order of Manitoba for his lifelong work to support those in need and to champion a message of healing and unity between all nations. Wanbdi is a gifted counselor and storyteller who possesses a rare breadth of traditional, cultural and sacred knowledge. He shares his wisdom and teachings as Grandfather to the University of Manitoba Access Program. Wanbdi has participated in the Sundance ceremony for over 48 years, many in the role of Sundance Chief.

Pahan Pte San Win – Secretary-Treasurer

Pahan Pte San Win is an Indigenous Spiritual Caregiver to incarcerated youth at the Manitoba Youth Centre. With a degree in social work from the University of Calgary, Pahan has provided counseling support to residential school survivors, traumatized women and incarcerated men for over twenty five years.

Her storytelling pursuits include awards for best writing by an Aboriginal Student, Grant MacEwan College; host and producer of, “Good Medicine Radio Show” for CKLB in Yellowknife, NT; a blog titled, “I Married a Holy Man” and contributor to the anthology, Keetsahnak / Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters.

Pahan has participated in Sundance for many years primarily in the role of leader of women who support the Sundance Chief’s vision. In 2016 Pahan Pte San Win received her own vision to have a Sundance of Women that honours missing and murdered women. This vision was realized in 2017 and continues until 2020.

Robert Greene, Co-Chair

My name is Robert Charles Greene and I was born and raised on the reserve of Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation (Shoal Lake Band No. 39) and I’m an Anishinaabe of the Ojibway Nation. At the age of 11 years old I was sent away to attend the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, and I graduated with Honours from the Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora Ontario. In 2006 I was employed as an Elder at Ochi-Chak-Ko-Sipi Healing Lodge in Crane River First Nation Manitoba. In 2008 I was employed as an Aboriginal Spiritual Care Giver/Elder at Selkirk Mental Health Centre in Selkirk Manitoba.

In 2010 I graduated from the Prairie Region Centre for Focusing, Experiential Therapies and Complex Trauma Certificate Program and I am certified Counselor and Complex Trauma Therapist. In 2014 to March 2018 I was employed as an Indigenous Spiritual Care Giver at Milner Ridge Correctional Centre, Manitoba. These days I am working with the Jordan’s Principle project