OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement today
congratulating Viola Robinson and Shirley Bear on their appointments as
an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada
"Viola Robinson is a tireless advocate for the Mi'kmaq people of Nova
Scotia and the advancement of Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada.
Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of many
groundbreaking initiatives, including the Royal Commission on
Aboriginal Peoples and development of the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process,
and will be remembered in history for her role in changing the
political landscape for First Nations in Canada. She is a role model
and an inspiring example of the success that can be achieved when one
sets their sights on bringing about positive change.
"Shirley Bear is a remarkable artist, cultural activist and proud member
of the Tobique First Nation. Indigenous artists play an integral role
in shaping our communities and societies. Through her work, Shirley has
commemorated important political and critical developments during her
lifetime that will serve to inspire and educate future generations.
"On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we congratulate Viola and
Shirley on these prestigious awards."
Viola Robinson is the Senior Mi'kmaq Advisor for the Kwilmu'kw
Maw-klusuaqn, Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative. She was the founder of the Native Council of Nova Scotia and served as
president of the Native Council of Canada. She was one of seven
commissioners with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Ms.
Robinson received the Order of Nova Scotia in 2009.
Shirley Bear is a multimedia artist, writer, traditional First Nation
herbalist and Elder. The 2002 recipient of the New Brunswick Arts
Board's Excellence in the Arts Award, she studied art in New Brunswick,
New Hampshire, Boston, and Vancouver. She has worked extensively as a
lecturer, performer, activist and curator including serving as Cultural
Advisor to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, First Nations
Education Advisor at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and Resident
Elder for First Nations House of Learning at UBC. She has exhibited
internationally and her work has been purchased by collections across
Canada. Her writing has been included in several anthologies.
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of
outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the
nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
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