NATIONAL INDIAN BROTHERHOOD/Fraternité des Indiens du Canada
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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH / BIOGRAPHIE
This is a brief biography of/Ceci est une brève biographie de: NAME/NOM
_____________________________ Marilyn Buffalo _______________________________
Marilyn Buffalo is a proud Kokom of three grandchildren and a long time single
parent of five grown children. She is the eldest of eleven brothers and sisters and raised
on the Samson Cree Nation of Hobbema, Alberta.
Marilyn Buffalo is a descendant of two Treaty Six Chiefs, Poundmaker on her
father’s side and Big Bear on her mother’s side.
Marilyn began her political career during the 1969 White Paper era, as staff for the
Indian Association of Alberta and Indian Sports Olympics. Since then, she has been a
dedicated human rights advocate for Treaty and Aboriginal rights recognition for
Canada’s First Nation peoples. She has thirty years community development experience
in rural, urban and northern isolated communities specializing in community education
policy development, youth leadership and recreation development, economic and
business development and national policy development.
In 1975, at the age of 25 years old, she was appointed Advisor on Native Affairs to
the University of Alberta and founded the University of Alberta school of Native Studies
and Native Student Services on Campus.
For the past six years she has worked as a policy advisor to the Assembly of First
Nations and most recently she has completed three years as President of Native Women’s
Association of Canada.
Marilyn has played a major role in advancing national policy in the areas of social
union framework, residential school, national children’s agenda, education and justice for
women and children, justice and family law, sports and recreation, land rights, taxation,
elders rights etc…
For the past four years she has worked tirelessly for the Gitxhan Chiefs in support of
the Delgamuukw Case as a policy issue at the national level.