International Metropolis Conference Keynote Speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Gilbert W. Whiteduck

Anishinabe from Anishisnabe aki(land)


Gilbert W. Whiteduck is (Anishinabe) Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. He has worked more than 45 years as an educator and leader in his community, was Chief of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation from 2008 to 2015, and is a well-known activist and speaker.

He is presently working as a Treatment Coordinator and Residential Counsellor at the Wanaki Wellness Center located in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community.

Mr. Whiteduck remains active in his efforts to ensure that First Nation voices are not only heard but understood. He continues to seek balance through ceremony and connection to elders. He walks with an understanding of the historical past that guides him in respecting the present moments with humbleness and love.