MAY 31, 1916

CREE WALTER DIETER BORN-FOUNDER OF CANADA’S NATIONAL INDIAN BROTHERHOOD (NOW ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS)

Born on the Peepeekisis Reserve, Saskatchewan, Dieter’s father was Cree; his mother, Saulteaux.  Living in Regina, he was the first Indigenous president of the Regina Indian and Métis Friendship Centre (1962-67).  Leading the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (1966-68), he negotiated provincial government hiring standards for First Nations & Métis people.  From there, Deiter helped start the Indian Association of Alberta & Manitoba Indian Brotherhood before helping to found the National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) and serving as its first president (1968-70).  In 1978, Walter organized both the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and National Indian Veterans Association.  In 1979, Deiter presented before the British Parliament on the concerns of Indigenous Peoples in Canada regarding its new Constitution.  In 1980, he became Southern President, Saskatchewan Indian Veterans’ Association and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.  Dieter died in Regina on September 7, 1988. 

Source:
  Cheryl Petten, "Walter Perry Deiter: Leader's strength lay in ability to make people believe in themselves," Windspeaker.com. 1/29/2017.  Retrieved 4/16/2020, https://windspeaker.com/index.php/news/footprints/walter-perry-deiter-leaders-strength-lay-in-ability-to-make-people-believe-in-themselves
Photo: Padraic Ryan, 11/11/2007.  Aboriginal War Veterans Monument, Ottawa, Canada.  Permissive Use.

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