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Phil Fontaine Reflects in Upcoming Lecture at U of W

January 7, 2014 7:05 AM | News

Phil Fontaine

Phil Fontaine (WIKIPEDIA)

The former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will look back on his career during a lecture on January 22.

Phil Fontaine will speak at the University of Winnipeg to reflect on his years as a local, regional, national and international Indigenous leader.

Fontaine is an advocate for human rights, and a survivor of residential school abuse. One of his crowning achievements is the residential schools settlement. At $5.6 billion in individual compensation, Fontaine negotiated the largest settlement in Canadian history — for the largest human rights violation in Canadian history — arising out of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy.

The lecture, scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the second floor of Wesley Hall, will be followed by an audience question and answer period.

Fontaine is also the chair of the U of W’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.