Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
Chief Sioui is a hereditary chief of the Bear Clan of the Huron-Wendat Nation, and is Grand Chief of the Council of his Nation. He was elected three consecutive times Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. During that time, he represented the region on the Executive Council and acted on numerous occasions as Grand Chief under the leadership of George Erasmus. He was the official and national spokesperson on constitutional reform issues between 1984 and 1994. He won a landmark, unanimous decision at the Supreme Court of Canada in the spring of 1991 against Quebec and Canada known as the Sioui Decision. This ruling acknowledged that treaties entered into between the Crown and First Nations are international agreements entered into between sovereign nations. Mr. Sioui is also recognized by Elijah Harper as one of the main figures, along with Phil Fontaine, who actively fought against the Meech Lake Accord. At the international level, Sioui represented the Assembly of First Nations in Geneva from 1985 to 1992. He has addressed the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples on numerous occasions on issues such as treaty rights, human rights, the rights of children and the elderly, land rights and development. He has also addressed the U.N. Commission on Human Rights about the urgent necessity to modify the U.N. Charter to allow access for indigenous peoples of the world. Sioui is a dedicated humanitarian and diplomat and is a respected and skilled negotiator. He pursues a simple and traditional lifestyle with his wife, Linda Rock of the Innu Nation, and his four children on the Huron Reserve at Wendake, Quebec.
National Trust & Issues Strategist, Aboriginal Portfolio, City of Calgary
Lorna Crowshoe is a Piikani First Nations member from Southern Alberta who maintains strong ties to her Blackfoot community. Lorna has a Bachelor’s of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Lorna works for the City of Calgary as an Aboriginal Issues Strategist. She has spent most of her professional career with non-profit organizations and government, where she has been involved in a range of culturally motivated projects: Making of Treaty 7, University of Calgary’s Spopi Solar Home Project, Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiatives Aboriginal Constellation, and Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness week in June 2013. In 2015, Loran co-chaired the National Trust’s Indigenous Heritage Forum, MOH-KINS-TSIS, that looked at a more diverse and inclusive perspective on heritage. Lorna is very proud of her family genealogy project that goes back eight generations when her ancestors were fiercely protecting the south entrance to Blackfoot Territory just before the signing of Treaty 7. In her personal life, Lorna was involved in bringing urban Blackfoot women together in the fall of 2012, and became one of the founding members of the Blackfoot Women’s Society.
Friday, October 13
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
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