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Sep 26, 2018

In this episode we continue the conversation we had in June and bring in some new voices as we discuss issues related to indigenous self-governance. The reason that we want to explore this this topic is the clear tie that indigenous rights has on issues related to resource extraction and preservation. Further we consider how  issues of governance moves the conversation from the idea of empowerment towards access to actual power for these communities.

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About the community Kigitan Zibin Anishinabeg (KZ)

KZ is a community part of the Algonquin First Nation. To learn more about the community click here. To learn more about the Algonquin First Nation click here.

People interviewed

Image of Gilbert Whiteduck https://carleton.ca/cu75/profile/gilbert-w-whiteduck/)

Gilbert Whiteduck is member of KZ, and celebrated activist for First Nations rights. He was elected Chief in 2008 until 2015. Learn more about the history of chiefs of KZ here.

Image of Norm Odjick

Norm Odjick has been director general of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council since 2004. The council delivers technical and advisory services to six Algonquin communities in Quebec, and Norm is responsible for the management of all operations within the organization. Prior to accepting this position, he served three years as the assistant community services director for Kitigan Zibi. He is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Native Benefits Plan, president of the Maniwaki Native Friendship Centre and a member of the Executive Committee of the First Nations Executive Directors of Quebec. In the past, he served on the board of directors of the Caisse populaire Desjardins de la Haute-Gatineau for a period of 10 years, and as the national co-chair of the First Nations Police Governance Authorities. Norm holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s level certificate in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique.

Additional Reading

Check out the Anishnabe Nation website here: http://www.anishinabenation.ca/en/about/

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report’s calls to action here: https://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Learn more about the Indigenous Guardians Program by visiting this website: https://www.ilinationhood.ca/our-work/guardians/

Videos 

Here are the videos featuring Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Check em out.