We paid tribute to an outstanding leader and advocate for Indigenous rights
Chief Wilton Littlechild has dedicated his life to advancing human rights. In a fireside chat with his longtime friend Chief Perry Bellegarde, Littlechild discussed his work on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which became the longest-debated declaration in UN history. “If you recognize Indigenous Peoples as people, then you admit they are human beings. And if you admit they are human beings, you admit they have rights,” said Littlechild of the decades-long effort to get Canada to adopt the declaration, which it finally did in 2016.
Littlechild, a residential school survivor, also served as a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He said all Canadians can contribute to reconciliation and a more just society. “Read all the 94 [Calls to Action]. Listen to the one that speaks to you.”
Littlechild was awarded the Society’s Gold Medal in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments.