Kenneth Atsenhaienton Deer

For the last 20 years, Kenneth Atsenhaienton Deer has worked as a political activist and newspaper publisher and editor of the weekly newspaper The Eastern Door. Giving the community a balanced platform of information they could depend on. Kenneth was on the Board of Directors for the Quebec Community Newspapers Association. Using his own community based located in Kahnawake, he has engaged and educated business people and international communities on Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights.

Mr. Deer’s involvement in the Indigenous people’s international movement led him to the United Nations in Geneva. In December of 2000, he served as the Chairman/Rapporteur of the UN Workshop on Indigenous Media in New York. Mr. Deer was one of the first Indigenous people to ever hold this role in the UN. He was an active participant at the meetings of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations since 1987; and the UN Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since 1995.

Having spent over 16 years in the educational sector, he has been a school counsellor, high school principal as well as co-chair of the National Indian Education Council in Canada.