HOLLY FORTIER, a Cree/Dene from Ft. McKay First Nation, Alberta, was born in Treaty 7 Territory and was fortunate to be raised by cultural leaders, academics, and activists. She owns a business, since October 2007, that specializes in the development and delivery of Indigenous Awareness Trainings.
Some of Holly's clients include government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, banks, police and fire, industry councils, and corporations. To date, thousands of people across Canada have participated in her training sessions.
In the recent past, she has also participated in projects involving traditional land use studies, special places mapping, elders and community member's interviews, film production, and community event planning. Also, Holly has a proven facilitation background addressing topics such as cultural awareness, family violence, child abuse, drug and alcohol education, bullying, anger management, and conflict resolution.
Holly has been involved in the Alberta film industry since the early 1990’s, particularly in Aboriginal-based productions, such as North of 60. Other film credits include The Assassination of Jesse James with Brad Pitt, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and, most recently, The Revenant.
Holly is a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Indian Princess Committee and also, the No Greater Love music festival on the Stoney Nakoda Nation.
Holly is the recipient of the 2016 Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Esquao Award for Culture.