October 17th, 2017

First Nations scholar to receiveU of L Speaker Research Award

By Schnarr, J.W. on May 20, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald


An international scholar with local roots has been named this year’s University of Lethbridge Speaker Research Award recipient.

Leroy Little Bear will be celebrated at the Chancellor’s Dinner on June 1 and will be presented with the Speaker Research Award during the Fall 2017 Convocation ceremony.

Little Bear has made his name as a scholar, speaker and leader. He is a pioneer in the advancement of indigenous education.

Little Bear was a founder of the University’s Department of Native American Studies, one of the first such departments in Canada. He was a mentor and instructor to students and an adviser on aboriginal matters at the local, provincial, national and international level.

Little Bear developed ethical, respectful and rigorous aboriginal education programs. Following his retirement, he transitioned into the role of mentor and adviser, guiding indigenous programming and recognition, and establishing a legacy of inclusivity.

According to a U of L release, Little Bear “has played an integral role in breaking boundaries between traditional indigenous and western sciences,” and his writings have influenced legal and policy realms.

He serves as the special assistant to the president of the U of L.

Little Bear and his wife, Amethyst First Rider, were major proponents in bringing about the signing of the historic Buffalo Treaty between American and First Nations.

He has received the key to the City of Lethbridge, an Urban Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary Doctor of Arts and Science from the U of L, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Northern British Columbia, and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.

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