Elder William G. Lathlin is from The Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is the Treaty 5 Elder.
William’s first teachers were his parents, Liz and George Lathlin, and his grandparents, Horace Whitehead and Mary Lathlin. He was raised with his three sisters and three brothers in winter camps until he was sent to Prince Albert Residential School, which he attended from 1950-1954. William obtained a Grade 7 education and went on to marry Myra Personius and raise five children.
He sponsored his own Diploma in Business Management and later served as a Band Councillor for Opaskwayak Cree Nation for 24 years from 1974 to 1997. He also served as Chief of Opaskwayak Cree Nation for one term from 1997 to 1999. William was committed to improvement in the areas of health, education, economic and social development for Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
William currently involves himself with youth issues by promoting education and teaches at the school when he is asked. He is currently developing a land based/traditional teachings program for disengaged youth in his community.