Many and more
Aboriginal notables are represented on the Canadian
Aboriginal Newspaper site at
http://www.ammsa.com/windspeaker/index.htm. Choose the link
"People of Honour."
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Susan Aglukark is a world famous
performing artist who was born in Churchill, Manitoba. Her family
eventually settled in Arviat, NWT, on the shore of Hudson’s Bay. Her
music combines Inuktitut and English language with pop music in order to
tell stories about Inuit Arctic Canada. She has won a number of Juno
Awards, and was the first entertainer to receive the National
Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Tantoo Cardinal was born in Fort McMurray,
Alberta into the Cree nation. She has appeared in Dances with Wolves,
Legends of the Fall, and the popular Canadian show North of 60.
In 1991, Maclean's magazine named her Actress of the Year.
Angela Chalmers is a track and field star
that held a spot on the 1988 Canadian Olympic team. At the 1990
Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, she became the first woman
in history to win both the 1,500 metre and 3,000-metre races in 1990.
She participated in the 2000 Victoria Commonwealth Games breaking both
the Canadian and Commonwealth records for 3,000 meters.
Matthew Coon Comb
Of the Cree Nation, Matthew Coon Comb was
born in a trapper's hut in Quebec. He went to residential school and
then completed studies at Trent and McGill University. He was Grand
Chief of the Northern Quebec Cree from 1987 to 2000, which led to his
election as National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He has won
the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his work in protecting the
environment, and still spends time on his family’s traditional trap line
Crowfoot had a reputation for courage and
success in battle and was known as the "Chief of Chiefs" for his wisdom
and oratory finesse. Crowfoot also had the unique habit of carrying an
umbrella with him as he travelled across the prairies. He was also a
leader in the signing of Treaty 7 at the Siksika (Blackfoot) Crossing on
the Bow River. He died in 1890.