Chief Wilton Littlechild
Dr Wilton Littlechild, IPC
Dr Wilton Littlechild has the distinction of being the first Treaty First Nation person to acquire his law degree from the University of Alberta, which he did in 1976. In 2007, the University of Alberta bestowed upon him a Doctor of Laws degree for his outstanding achievements, including his leadership in human rights, contributions to the world of sport and representation of Indigenous peoples in the international community.
Dr Littlechild also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education. Since 1965, he has won more than 75 provincial, regional, national and international championships, serving as coach and organiser of sports events many times. He has also been inducted into seven Sports Halls of Fame and continues to participate as a senior/master athlete at the Canada Senior Games and World Masters Games mainly in hockey, swimming and triathlon. He was honored as the first Indigenous torch bearer for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as well as Ambassador for the Olympics.
A respected lawyer and advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Dr Littlechild is an avid promoter of self-determination and Treaty implementation. He has served as the Chairperson for the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform in Saskatchewan. He is currently a Commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
As a Member of Parliament from 1988 to 1993, Dr Littlechild served on several senior committees in the House of Commons and was a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations. The Chiefs of Treaties 6, 7, 8 (Alberta) appointed him as the Regional Chief for the three Treaty territories in 2006. The Chiefs of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations in a traditional ceremony honoured Willie by appointing him as the International Chief for Treaty No. 6 Confederacy, which was recognised and adopted by the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs of Treaties 6-7-8 (Alberta). He has drafted and negotiated legislation and agreements regarding oil and gas industry and specific claims on his people’s lands.
Dr Littlechild represented North America for two three-year terms as the North American representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He currently serves as an Expert Member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which provides advice to the UN Human Rights Council.
He is married to Helen (nee Peacock), father of three and grandfather of eight.