For Immediate Release
November 5, 2012

London, ON – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is proud to be hosting a three day conference that focuses on the topics of Indigenous Reclamation and self-determination, the week of November 5, 2012 in London, Ontario Canada.

Starting November 6, AIAI’s Indigenous Reclamation – A Path Forward will be hosting daily workshops intended to help indigenous peoples identify issues and barriers that inhabit indigenous freedoms and rights to self-determination. To help facilitate discussions and promote ideals, the AIAI has invited a number of guest speakers with experience at the national and international level in Indigenous rights, Indigenous self-determinations and Indigenous self-governance.

Featured Guest Speakers include:

Arthur Manuel is the spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economics and Trade. Former Chief of the Neskonlith Band and chairperson of the Interior Alliance of the BC First Nations, Manuel has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian Government’s agenda to “extinguish” Aboriginal Treaty rights and the assimilation of Indigenous peoples into the Canadian body.

Sharon Venne is an Indigenous Treaty person (Cree) and by marriage a member of the Blood Tribe within Treaty 7. She has worked at the United Nations prior to the establishment of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in 1982 and she has provided many of the clauses on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and she has also worked to secure a UN study on Treaties. In addition to her work with the UN, Venne is an establish writer and advocate for Treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Other guest speakers include: Richard Powless [Consultant, Six Nations of the Grand River], Bob Antone [First Nation Studies, Western University] Lawrence Martin (Mushkegowuk), and Grand Chief Gord Peters [AIAI]

Event details

Date: November 6 – 8, 2012
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
1150 Wellington Rd.
London, Ontario Canada

The AIAI is mandated as a political territorial organization to defend and enhance the Indigenous and Treaty rights of its eight member First Nations. Visit them online at ,!/aiai_comms , , .


For more information please contact: Geoff Stonefish or Zacharia General – AIAI at 519-434-2761 or Cell: 519-281-6239 or, .