Konrad Sioui

Known for his charm and diplomacy, Konrad Sioui has earned a special place in the hearts of Aboriginal people across Canada. Mr. Sioui served two terms as the Vice-Grand Chief of the Huron-Wyandotte First Nation and three terms as the Grand Chief of the Quebec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations. When the Innu people of Labrador protested low-level flying, Mr. Sioui personally took up their cause and joined the fight for government recognition of their rights. He invited the Innu to join the Quebec Assembly of First Nations, creating a new organization in the process. Nationally, he has served as Senior Analyst and Special Advisor with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He was also Director of International Affairs for the Assembly of First Nations, where he organized the Aboriginal delegation’s attendance at the Earth Summit in Rio. He has worked with the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Rigoberta Menchu Tum to foster ties between North and South American First Nations and to improve conditions for Aboriginal people in Guatemala and Columbia. Mr. Sioui is the Chief Negotiator and Political Advisor for the Montagnais-Innu Council of Sept-Iles, Quebec, as well as First Nations Specialist for the Senate of Canada. In 1990, he and his brothers earned their place in Canadian history when they won a landmark victory at the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court’s ruling supported their claim that Huron people can carry on their traditional activities on Crown Land. Aboriginal people across Canada have benefited from Mr. Sioui’s commitment to his community.