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Memorable Manitobans: Don A. Cardinal (1937-2008)

Aboriginal leader.

Born on 16 April 1937, he served as Vice President of the Indian Association of Alberta (1968 to 1975) and was a key strategist in the political fight to protect treaty rights in Canada, most notably in the struggle against the federal governments’ 1969 White Paper. His response led to the creation of the national Assembly of First Nations. He taught Aboriginal history, culture and philosophy across Canada, and he became a leader in the cultural revival and renaissance of indigenous spirituality throughout North America. He died on 20 May 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2016

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