Former spiritual adviser in Alberta faces court date

A plaque at Poundmaker's Lodge Healing Centre. Photo: Facebook

A former spiritual advisor at an Indigenous-run healing centre in Alberta has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest, APTN News has learned.

Gerald Twoteeth, known as Junior Buffalo at Poundmaker’s Lodge Healing Centre in St. Albert, was wanted by Morinville RCMP on one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault.

The charges were laid following an investigation into complaints made by an unknown number of women seeking addictions treatment at the facility in St. Albert.

The charges against him have not been tested in court.

Twoteeth, 52, is a Cree man who provided counselling to residential clients at the facility.

Employment contract

His employment contract was terminated after allegations of inappropriate behaviour surfaced on Facebook last December.

Officials at Poundmaker’s have declined to be interviewed.

Twoteeth has not been reached for comment by APTN.

The female clients, who spoke to APTN for an earlier story, allege Twoteeth exposed himself and behaved inappropriately.

Twoteeth is scheduled to appear in St. Albert provincial court later this month.

Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.