Leroy will present his work on the return of the Buffalo.
Leroy’s Little Bear is from the Blood Indian Reserve in Southern Alberta and a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Leroy Little Bear’s lifetime of accomplishment includes some of the most important political achievements for Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. His dedication to education, leadership, community-building and advocacy has led to a United Nations declaration, changed the Constitution of Canada and influenced the lives of thousands of students.
Beyond Canada’s borders, Leroy played a central role in the first international Indigenous treaty in more than 150 years. The Buffalo: A Treaty Cooperation, Renewal and Restoration of 2014 formalized a commitment to restore the buffalo and to maintain associated indigenous cultural traditions. The buffalo is an important part of Leroy’s Blood Tribe heritage, and his advocacy has led to international cooperation regarding its future in Canada and the United States.
One of Leroy’s most significant and enduring legacies is his work with the United Nations, where he helped to establish a working group on Indigenous populations. It was this working group that originated the concept and initial draft of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration has since been ratified by 144 member states of the UN, and is being implemented by the Government of Alberta. Leroy Little Bear’s influence on Alberta, Canada and the world continues.
Penticton Indian Band
Okanagan Nation Alliance