Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations : Why They Matter
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 3:00PM-3:30PM

Recommendations de vérité et de réconciliation : Leur importance
Jeudi 28 septembre, 2017 | 15h00 - 15h30

Dr. Kenneth Atsenhaienton Deer

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current Secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake and member of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee

secrétaire de la nation Mohawk à Kahnawake et membre du comité des relations extérieures Haudenosaunee

He began his career in education in 1971, spending 16 years in this field. During this time, he co-founded the First Nations Education Council, and in 1978 helped established the Kahnawake Survival School, a Mohawk controlled high school.

He was also very active in the community in establishing the Onake Paddling Club and various boards of directors of community organizations. He became the Coordinator of the Mohawk Nation Office in 1987 and at the same time began his long participation at the UN in Geneva and New York.

Mr. Deer founded the award winning Kahnawake-based weekly newspaper The Eastern Door in 1992, and served as publisher and editor until 2008. As a political activist, Dr. Deer participated in almost all of the meetings on the development of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from 1987 to 2007 when is was adopted by the UN General Assembly. He participated in many UN world conferences such as racism, sustainable development, the information society, and recently, climate change. He was the Chairman/Rapporteur of the United Nations Workshop on Indigenous Media in 2000, one of the first Indigenous persons to ever serve in such a position. From 2008 to 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

In 2010, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement award for Media and Communications. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.