Interview with Ellen Gabriel – Candidate for AFN National Chief

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Ellen Gabriel

THUNDER BAY – Ellen Gabriel is a Mohawk activist running for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She is from the Kanesatake First Nation in Quebec. Here are the highlights of her interview:

More on Ellen and her complete interview:

Ellen Gabriel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has worked at many educational institutions and Native organizations over the years. She is perhaps best known for being a spokesperson for the people of Kanesetake during the Oka crisis in 1990. She was a prominent part of the documentary on the crisis “Kanehsetake: 270 Years of Resistance”.

The main points from Ellen’s interview:

•She wants to stand up for the environment
•She wants to design curricula for First Nations education that incorporate Indigenous language and culture
•She wants to get a more equitable funding formula for housing
•She wants to get back to the partnership envisioned in the treaties
•She wants to make the AFN representative of the peoples wishes
•She reveals how she feels about the possibility of “another Oka”

Here’s the complete interview:

Earlier interviews:

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