‘Traditional healer’ in Saskatchewan enters guilty pleas to sexual assault charges

Cecil Wolfe remains on bail with a sentencing hearing scheduled for October 2022.

Cecil Wolfe acted as a "traditional healer or medicine man" in Saskatchewan for 20 years. Photo: Facebook


A First Nations man who police say travelled around Saskatchewan as a “traditional healer” has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault, the prosecutor has confirmed.

Cecil Wolfe, 60, remains free on bail pending a sentencing hearing in October.

The charges span a nine-year period between 2013 and 2021.

Wolfe was the subject of a joint investigation by the RCMP and Saskatoon Police Service, who believe there could be more victims.

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“Investigators believe there may be additional victims from over the past 20 years in the communities of Loon Lake, Blaine Lake, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatoon and surrounding areas,” RCMP said in a news release.

“Victims report Cecil Wolfe was working under the pretext of being a traditional healer or medicine man when they encountered him.”

Crown attorney Lana Morelli said Wolfe entered the guilty pleas in Saskatoon provincial court on April 13. She said a pre-sentence report has been ordered.

Wolfe did not reply to a message APTN News sent to two Facebook pages under his name asking if he had a lawyer.

The Criminal Code of  Canada says sexual assault occurs “if a person is touched in any way that interferes with their sexual integrity”: this includes kissing, touching, intercourse and any other sexual activity without his or her consent.

Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. 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.