Cheryl is well known as an important and respected voice on behalf of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, a highly revered speaker and teacher who has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She also visits non-Native communities (schools, government, churches, and businesses) holding workshops to raise awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues. But more than anything else, Cheryl’s heart is best known in the quietness of time spent with her people.
Cheryl is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life: the joy, sorrow, faith and journey, through story and song. She has released three albums: Cheryl Bear (self titled), The Good Road, and A’ BA. Cheryl’s highly-acclaimed albums have received three Indigenous People’s Choice music awards, two Covenant Awards and a Native American Music Award.
She is one of the founding board members of the North American Indigenous Institute of Theological Studies (NAIITS).
She is also an Associate Professor at Regent College, in Vancouver, BC.
Cheryl has an earned Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles, and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. Her doctoral work presents an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of indigenous worldview and values. She believes that leaders who are more fully informed about Native beliefs, values and practices will see a dramatic increase in their effectiveness in ministering to indigenous people in North America as well as the practical missiological and theological principles explored can be implemented in any cross-cultural ministry context.
Cheryl was first elected as a band councillor for her community of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in April 2014, and was re-elected in April 2016.