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Gloria George
Gloria George

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 24, 1979
Gloria George
1942-
Business: Entrepreneur, administrator, lawyer
Wet’suwet’en, Dakelh, Stl’atl’imx, Cree, & European ancestry

Gloria George
  • Born in Hubert, British Columbia.
  • Witsuwit’en royalty: hereditary and matrilineal chief, Smogilhgim and sub-chief, Goo’htse Awh, Sa Yikh (Sun House), Likhtsamisyu (Fireweed clan).
  • Administrator of Aboriginal programs in federal, provincial and Indigenous institutions: lecturing, researching and planning.
  • Elected executive of Native Council of Canada (now Congress of Aboriginal Peoples), 1972-1976.
  • Received her Bachelor of Laws at UBC in 1989.
  • Instructor, Northern Advancement Program, UNBC.

"What’s discouraging is our educational system and the information that is fed to the general public is so limited…many of the communities still do not understand Canadian Indigenous history and its positive contribution...the majority of the people I work with are totally unaware of Indigenous history and still see me as a stereotype.” - Gloria George

“We are all here for a purpose.” - Gloria George

Since her 20s, Gloria George has been a politician advocating for the disadvantaged. As an activist and officer in the British Columbia Association of Non-Status Indians, she worked for Indigenous women’s rights to eliminate discriminatory federal legislation and policies based on contrived definitions. She served as President of the Native Council of Canada (1975-76) after several years in other elected positions. She was the first woman to be an elected leader of a major Aboriginal political organization. She attained greater recognition in her community serving on the Canadian Task Force on Criminal Justice and the B.C. Human Rights Commission. George promotes cultural awareness within educational and justice systems to sensitize Canadian authorities about Indigenous peoples and the dis-empowered. She is a strong voice against stereotyping – striving for awareness of Indigenous historical and contemporary contributions and specifically the role of Indigenous women in the socio-economic and political fabric of Canada.

She is currently working on her Master’s degree in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information about First Nations in B.C., resources available at UBC, or information about these individuals, visit the Resources section.

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