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Leroy Little Bear

Veteran educator and renowned academic

Leroy Little Bear is a veteran educator, a renowned academic and a model for all Aboriginal persons striving for success in higher learning. He is the founder of the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge—where he served as chair for 21 years—and he also went on to become the founding director of Harvard University’s Native American Program. He has co-authored three texts—Pathways to Self-Determination: Native Indian Leaders Perspectives on Self-GovernmentQuest for Justice: Aboriginal Rights in Canada; and Governments in Conflict: Provinces and Indian Nations in Canada—and helped write Justice on Trial, the report of Alberta’s Task Force on the Criminal Justice System and Its Impacts on the Indian and Métis Peoples of Alberta. A member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Little Bear contributed to publications for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in the area of criminal justice issues, did the same for the Assembly of First Nations on constitutional issues and has provided legal advice to numerous Aboriginal organizations on land claims, treaties and hunting and fishing rights. He is now recognized as a leader in North America on the advancement and acceptance of North American Indigenous philosophies.