Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, 2018 Concordia Honorary Doctorate
Credits: Concordia University
For more than 40 years, Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild has worked to build bridges between Indigenous and non- Indigenous people through athletics, politics, and law. An accomplished lawyer, he is the first Indigenous person appointed to Queen’s Counsel by the Alberta Law Society. He brought Native issues to public attention while serving as the first Treaty Indian Member of Parliament. Littlechild has been active with a number of organizations both within Canada and abroad, including the Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, the United Nations, the National Indian Athletic Association, and the Canadian Council of International Law. He has given lectures on various occasions, including at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Hawaii. Littlechild served as a Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, whose final report was released on December 15, 2015.
For his participation in Indigenous and athletic endeavours, Littlechild has been honoured with several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Aboriginal Role Model and the Order of Canada; he has been inducted into seven sports Halls of Fame. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Law Degree, and an Honorary Doctorate at Law.
Littlechild was bestowed with the title of International Treaty Chief by the Chiefs and Elders of the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 and the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs (Treaty No. 6, Treaty No. 7 and Treaty No. 8 Alberta); he recently accepted
his nomination as Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, where he is serving a three-year term.