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Danika Billie Littlechild

Carleton University
Lawyer, Indigenous Leader, Scientist/Researcher
Danika Billie Littlechild is Cree from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Treaty No. 6 territory in Canada (Alberta). Danika is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University in the Department of Law and Legal Studies (Faculty of Public Affairs). She teaches courses on environment and social justice, and is a research stream lead in the Conservation through Reconciliation Project. Prior to joining the Faculty in January of 2020, Danika practised law in Canada for almost two decades, advising Indigenous Peoples across Canada and internationally. Within Canada, Danika has served First Nations in the areas of environment, Indigenous Legal Orders, health and governance. Danika has advised Indigenous representative organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, as well as regional treaty based organizations and PTOs. Internationally, Danika served as an advisor and Indigenous Peoples Representative in various UN mechanisms, treaty bodies and special procedures including submitting Indigenous alternative reporting under treaty body mechanisms, participating in the development of the SDGs as a member of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, and the intergovernmental process leading to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, as a few examples. She was an advisor to the North American representative on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for three years (2013-2016) and was general counsel for International Indian Treaty Council (www.treatycouncil.org) from 2011-2018, working internationally with Indigenous Peoples from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Americas. Danika has focused much of her efforts on issues related to environment, water, climate change, sustainability and more recently conservation and biodiversity. Danika was the first Indigenous woman to be appointed as Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (2014-2018) after almost 15 years of working with CCUNESCO in various voluntary, leadership and advisory capacities.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, November 25

4:30pm EST