Ovide Mercredi [LL.B. 1977]

Ovide Mercredi
Photo info: 1970, Indian Metis Eskimo Student Association - Ovide Mercredi was the first president. Front Row: Reg Blackbird, Ovide Mercredi, Albert Stevens. Back Row: Émile Garson, Yvonne Monkman, John Allooloo.

Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids), Manitoba
Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations  //  President of the first Aboriginal Students Association in Canada (at the University of Manitoba)  //  Lawyer, Negotiator, Native Studies Lecturer, Activist, Author, Poet and Artist | Member of the Order of Manitoba (2006)  //  Nominated by the Government of India for the Ghandi Peace Prize  //  Recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

What inspires you?
I was inspired by a strong desire for social change and justice as means to helping our people secure their future.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
Make the University a welcoming place for you. Meet people of all backgrounds and expand your world by remaining open to different world views. Never forget where you come from, who you are and feel the freedom of a developing mind.

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