Ron Linklater is from Couchiching First Nation. Ron worked in Ottawa as the NNDAP (National Native Alcohol Drug Program) Regional Consultant; alcohol and drug counsellor (Thunder Bay); Coordinator for a young adult treatment program. Ron has over forty years of experience working in the addictions field. Ron’s formal education includes a BA from Lakehead University and a Certificate in Native Counselling from Confederation College (Thunder Bay). Ron now retired, facilitates Indigenous Cultural Awareness training to groups across Canada and serves on various boards and committees.