APRIL 1, 1944

MAHIHGAN PIMOTEYW (WILTON “WILLIE” LITTLECHILD) BORN– CREE LEGISLATOR, ATHLETE

Born on Ermineskin Cree Reserve, Alberta, his name means “Walking Wolf.” Littlechild won the national Tom Longboat Award (1967 & 1974) and 10 Athlete of the Year Awards.  At University of Alberta, he earned Bachelor’s (1967), Master’s (1975), and law degrees (1978) and, in 1988, became the 1st Treaty Indian member of Parliament.  Willie served on the UN Human Rights Council & UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development, Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Awards: Member, Order of Canada (1999); Distinguished Service Award, Former Parliamentarians (2004); Lawyer of the Year, Aboriginal Law (2012); Diamond Jubilee Medal; Indspire Award (2015); Pearson Peace Medal (2019); and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (2018).  A 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games Torch Bearer, he founded the North American Indigenous Games & Indian Sports Olympics.

Source:  Wilton Littlechild IPC, CM, FP, QC, LLD (hon), The Alberta Order of Excellence, 2014.  Retrieved 1/23/2020, https://www.lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca/aoe/athletics/willie-littlechild/index.html
Photo: Government of Canada (Parliament), 1988.  Permissive Use.  Source:  Profile - Littlechild, Wilton (Willie) (parl.ca)

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