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Author: Martin Berry

A self-identified systems thinker and futurist, Martin is an optimist for the human race and convinced that his time working as a public servant will be of value. Reach out if you want to chat about knowledge management, design, gaming, carpentry, or want to hear a funny story about his 3- and 1-year-olds.

Thoughts from a Shirtless Man in a Sweat Lodge


I have been wearing glasses all day, every day, for 19 years. I don’t do anything without them, and feel vulnerable when I see the world through my weak, bare eyes. But last week, in Winnipeg, I didn’t need my glasses to see where my work was going on the Canada Beyond 150 project.

My team and I were recently in Winnipeg, for the mid-project meeting and stakeholder interviews. Our group works on the theme of reconciliation. As part of our learning experience, we participated in a sweat lodge ceremony that was hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). Kevin, from the NCTR (located on the University of Manitoba campus), made us feel at ease, and taught us about the centre; its mission, members, and the facility. There, I had my very first smudging, to cleanse the mind and prepare me for the conversations we were about to have with each other and our hosts. The dried sage was lit and extinguished, and my hands guided the smoke over my head, face, heart, and body.

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A self-identified systems thinker and futurist, Martin is an optimist for the human race and convinced that his time working as a public servant will be of value. Reach out if you want to chat about knowledge management, design, gaming, carpentry, or want to hear a funny story about his 3- and 1-year-olds.

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