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Over the course of centuries, many Aboriginal Canadians have played a critical role in shaping the History of Canada. From Art and Music, to Law and Government, to Sports and War. Aboriginal Customs and Culture have had a strong influences on defining Canadian Culture.

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LINSAY WILLIER
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Originally from Sucker Creek First Nation, Linsay Willier, BA is an award-winning model who impowers youth across the country. Willier is now nationally reconized as the only First Nation Model to appear on “Canada’s Next Top Model”. Updated| MMXI ©
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LORNE CARDINAL
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Lorne Cardinal, BFA, HonPhD is a Gemini Award-winning actor and director who was raised in Sucker Creek. Cardinal is also a recurring host for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and National Aboriginal Day. Updated| MMXI ©
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NATHAN CUNNINGHAM
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Nathan Cunningham was born in Prince George, BC and raised in Sucker Creek First Nation. Cunningham has been a mainstay on Northern Alberta Radio for many years. Recent collaborations include Bryan Kootenay and Darren Brule.
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HAROLD CARDINAL
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Born and raised on the Sucker Creek Cree Reserve, Dr. Harold Cardinal, LLM, PhD was a remarkable and distinguished First Nations leader, lawyer and scholar instrumental in preserving Indian Culture.
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BRIAN CALLIOU
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Brian Calliou, BA, LLB, LLM, is a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation. Calliou is the Program Director for The Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Leadership and Management and served as the Vice-President of the Indigenous Bar Association.
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LORNE CARDINAL
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Lorne Cardinal, BFA, HonPhD is a Gemini Award-winning actor and director who was raised in Sucker Creek. Cardinal is also a recurring host for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and National Aboriginal Day.
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Presenting extended profiles and list of publications for Harold Cardinal and Brian Calliou of SCFN.

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HAROLD CARDINAL

Harold Cardinal holds an LLB (USaskatchewan), LLM (UHarvard) and a PhD in Law (UBC). Cardinal was a lifelong student of First Nations law as practiced by Cree Elders. This has been complemented by extensive study of law in mainstream educational institutions. He was also a generous mentor and inspiration to a very great many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, professionals and political leaders.

 

At age 23 he was elected leader of the Indian Association of Alberta for an unprecedented nine terms, during which he was instrumental in the formation of the National Indian Brotherhood (Assembly of First Nations). Cardinal then served as Chief of Sucker Creek First Nation and as the Vice Chief of the Assembly of First Nations during the period of the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in the early 1980s. Cardinal was instrumental in the creation, in 1984, of the Prairie Treaty Nations Alliance, representing all First Nations of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to advance issues of concern to those First Nations with particular emphasis on their treaties with the Crown.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Unjust Society: the Tragedy of Canada's Indians (Mel Hurtig Publishers, 1969; republished Douglas & McIntyre, 1999), The Rebirth of Canada's Indians (Mel Hurtig Publishers, 1977), Alberta elders' Cree dictionary = Alperta ohci kehtehayak nehiyaw otwestamâkewasinahikan by Nancy LeClaire & George Cardinal ; edited by Earle Waugh ; Cree consultants, Emily Hunter, Earle H. Waugh, and Harold Cardinal (University of Alberta Press, 1998), Treaty elders of Saskatchewan : our dream is that our peoples will one day be clearly recognized as nations (with W. Hildebrand.) (University of Calgary Press, 2000)
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BRIAN CALLIOU

Brian Calliou holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws from the University of Alberta. Brian’s research interests include Aboriginal Leadership, Self-government, Economic Development, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, and Legal History. Brian Calliou was a sole practitioner with Brian Calliou Law Office in Calgary, Alberta, and ran a general practice focussed primarily on Corporate Law, Real Estate, Personal Injury and Aboriginal Law. Calliou holds memberships with the Canadian Bar Association and Indigenous Bar Association.

 

Brian Calliou developed and taught two courses for the School of Native Studies at the University of Alberta - one on Aboriginal Economic Development and the other an Introduction to Aboriginal Legal Issues. He was also a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, teaching the Introduction to Law and Society course in the Faculty of Communication and Culture.

PUBLICATIONS:

"The Culture of Leadership: North American Indigenous Leadership in a Changing Economy in Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State", "Aboriginal Economic Development and the Struggle for Self-Government in Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Issues", “From Paternalism to Partnership: The Challenges of Aboriginal Leadership”, “The Significance of Building Leadership and Community Capacity to Implement Self-Government”, “Natural Resources Transfer Agreements, The Transfer of Authority, and the Promise to Protect the First Nations’ Right to a Traditional Livelihood: A Critical Legal History”, “The Supreme Court of Alberta and First Nations Treaty Hunting Rights: Federalism and Respect for ‘the Queen’s Promises’”, “Aboriginal Leadership Development: Building the Capacity for Success”, “1899 and the Political Economy of Canada’s North-West: Treaty 8 as a Compact to Share and Peacefully Co-Exist”, “The Culture of Leadership: North American Indigenous Leadership in a Changing Economy”, "The Redneck, the Maverick, and Aboriginal Peoples”, “Methodology for Recording Oral Histories in the Aboriginal Community”, “Various Shades of Red: Diversity Within Canada’s Indigenous Community”, “The Imposition of State Laws and the Creation of Various Hunting Rights for Aboriginal Peoples of the Treaty 8 Territory”, “Celebrating the Legacy of Treaty 8”, “Introduction: Prelude to Expansion – The Treaty 8 Commissions”, “Aboriginal Economic Development and the Struggle for Self-Government”
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