Interim Board of Directors for the National Council for Reconciliation
Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild
Dr. Wilton Littlechilld, a former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, was the first Treaty First Nations person to acquire a law degree from the University of Alberta and is also the founder if the North American Indigenous Games. No matter what he strives for in life, Dr. Wilton Littlechild has always been a strong advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and a promoter of treaty implementation.
In 2016, Clint was awarded the Indspire Award for Business and Commerce for his work in promoting Indigenous economic advancement. With his diverse professional background, Clint is the Partner and Managing Director of Acasta Capital Indigenous (ACI), an Indigenous-owned subsidiary company of Acasta Capital, and the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC).
Edith Cloutier dedicates herself to the Friendship Centre movement as Executive Director of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Center and president of the Edith Cloutier dedicates herself to the Friendship Centre movement as Executive Director of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Center and president of the Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ). Her commitment to advancing the Indigenous rights and improving the quality of life for urban Aboriginal Canadians has made her the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Mike DeGagné is this first Indigenous person to be the president of a Canadian University. He previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, whose goal is to address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. His career also includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims.
Jean Teillet, the great grandniece of Louis Riel, has put a strong focus on Aboriginal rights throughout her legal career. This has earned her the “Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel” award from the Indigenous Bar Association. In additional to being the founding president of the Métis Nation Lawyers Association, Teillet also helped create the Métis Nation of Ontario and has served as vice president and treasurer of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada.
Max Fineday currently serves as Co-Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a national charity and initiative that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to explore reconciliation. He has helped mentor the next generation of Indigenous youth leaders through the development of the Next Up: First Nations and Metis Youth in Action program. His previous work includes working in First Nations politics as a political advisor, and as President of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union.
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