National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada – listen to seminar

shawnoct2013Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada, gave a talk to a packed room at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford on 9 October 2013.

National Chief Atleo talked about the priority issues facing Indigenous nations in Canada, from education to resource development and the enduring requirement for recognition and affirmation of relationships to achieve fairness, justice and harmony. You can listen to a podcast of his speech here.

His speech was followed by a talk by a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Ovide Mercredi, who during his time in office addressed the UN in both New York and Geneva. You can listen to a podcast of former National Chief Mercredi’s talk here.

The National Chief is elected by the 633 First Nations governments in Canada and serves as a national and international advocate for the rights of Indigenous Nations and peoples.

October 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation issued by King George III addressing the matter of Indigenous peoples and the requirement to establish Treaty relations.

The seminar was held as part of OPHI’s work on Social Isolation, part of our research into the Missing Dimensions of poverty.

For more information, please contact researcher China Mills at china.mills@qeh.ox.ac.uk.