Littlechild head of EMRIP

ecognized as an international expert on Indigenous issues, First Nations treaty and inherent rights as well as human rights, Hobbema’s

  • Aug. 8, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Recognized as an international expert on Indigenous issues, First Nations treaty and inherent rights as well as human rights, Hobbema’s Wilton Littlechild has accepted the position of president/rapporteur to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) a body of the UN Human Rights Council.

A member of EMRIP since 2011, this appointment was announced at the fifth session of EMRIP held in Geneva recently; Littlechild’s first duty was to chair the session.

An International Chief of Treaty 6 Confederacy and the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs, he has been working for more than three decades at the international level, following the instructions given to him by Elders of the Maskwacîs Cree in the 1970s to take the fight for justice of the international treaties between the First Nations and the Crown.

Littlechild, a former member of Parliament, is also serving on the Indian Residential School Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada.