Layne Cardinal is from Saddle Lake Cree Nation Alberta and is a program co-facilitator for Safe and Caring Connections – ART® Program in Tsuu T’ina Nation Calgary AB. Safe and Caring Connections is a program that is designed for youth aged 12–17 who are experiencing challenges in communicating and responding to conflict.
Layne helps students learn skills such as how to express emotions, deal with fear and respond to failure. Through the ART® program, Layne help students to learn how to recognize when they are feeling angry and strategies they can use to help manage their anger. Layne, his co-facilitators and the students participating in the program discuss values such as friendship, family and loyalty to increase their understanding of fairness, justice and the needs and rights of others.
Outside of his incredible work in the ART® Program, Layne is a health and fitness enthusiast. He lost 110lbs naturally and is now a self-taught martial artist and competes in Jiu-jitsu competitions.
Layne has used his life-long health and fitness journey to impact others, and is a mentor and assistant coach to the Tsuu T’ina boys’ basketball team.
On top of his incredible contributions to youth in his community, Layne has two beautiful children and an incredibly supportive fiancé Jalisa Crowchild.
Layne’s life is led by his value of being the best and healthiest version of himself. This has led him to create immense impact in his family and community already at age 23.
It is clear that Layne is just beginning his journey of uplifting others.
Layne shares his motivation with a quote from his favourite book
“We must immunize ourselves against the Virus of Fear, or it will infect us all.”
-Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Face your fear. Living with courage in the age of caution