The Past, Present and Future of Dogs in First Nations: Full Circle Plenary on the Role of Dogs in First Nation Communities
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Josh Littlechild, Tribal Law Officer, Ermineskin Cree Nation
***PLEASE NOTE THAT DYAN BREAKER IS NO LONGER ABLE TO PRESENT AS PART OF THIS PLENARY DUE TO A COMMUNITY EMERGENCY***
We regret to inform our attendees that Dyan Breaker, Justice Senior Manager of Siksika Nation, can no longer speak at the conference due to flooding in her Nation. Our thoughts are with her and her community at this difficult time.
First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada face challenges and work to address concerns with companion animal populations in their communities, often reaching out to partner with animal welfare organizations to assist. It is an issue that is gathering much-needed recognition and support. However, unless you are working closely with a First Nation, it is rare to hear directly from a community on what the issues are and what solutions are possible. In fact, often the issues and concerns can be misunderstood or mischaracterized by media and people unfamiliar with the context each community experiences and, therefore, long-lasting solutions may not evolve. In this plenary, two First Nation community leaders from Alberta will present on their community’s experience with free-roaming dog populations, community responses and what makes an effective partnership for them.
With a degree from the University of Alberta in Native Studies and a certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnerships, Josh Littlechild is excited to share information about the history of dogs in First Nations (First Nation cosmology of dogs and relations) and the legal framework that governs companion animals in First Nation communities.