As the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day takes place on Sept. 30, Carleton University experts are available to comment.

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Danika Littlechild
Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University


Littlechild is Cree from Ermineskin Cree Nation, Neyaskweyahk, Maskwacis (Alberta) in Treaty No. 6 territory. Prior to joining the Department of Law and Legal Studies in January of 2020, Danika practised law in Canada for almost two decades, advising Indigenous Peoples across Canada and internationally. Within Canada, Littlechild has served First Nations in the areas of environment, Indigenous Legal Orders, health, and governance.

Littlechild has advised Indigenous representative organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, as well as regional treaty-based organizations and PTOs. Internationally, Littlechild served as an advisor and Indigenous Peoples Representative in various UN mechanisms, treaty bodies, and special procedures.

Littlechild has focused much of her efforts over the past few decades on issues related to the environment, water, climate change, sustainability, and more recently conservation and biodiversity.

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Duncan McCue
Professor, School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University


McCue is an award-winning CBC broadcaster and leading advocate for fostering the connection between journalism and Indigenous communities.

McCue’s work at Carleton specializes in Indigenous journalism and storytelling.

In addition, McCue is working with Carleton colleagues to launch a new journalism skills certificate on the ground in Indigenous communities.

McCue was the host of Helluva Story on CBC Radio and was also the driving force behind Kuper Island, a remarkable eight-part podcast series on residential schools.

Over the years he developed a unique online resource, Reporting in Indigenous Communities, which inspired his latest work, a new textbook called Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities. McCue is also the author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir, which recounts a season he spent in a hunting camp with a Cree family in northern Quebec as a teenager.

McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.

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Natasha Stirrett
Professor, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University


Stirrett is Plains Cree and a member of Ermineskin Cree Nation, who grew up outside her community in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee in the Cornwall/Akwesasne area.

In addition to her research and teaching, she has been passionately involved in urban community-building and Indigenous cultural resurgence. In support of social movements and grassroots mobilization. Over the years, she has been invited to speak on missing and murdered Two-Spirit and Indigenous women, Take Back the Night events, Indigenous environmental justice rallies, and International Women’s Day events.

She is currently working on the research project “Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora, Criminalization and [Re] Imagining Indigenous Communities through Storytelling.” This project thinks about the role of criminalization and punishment in the experiences of Sixties Scoop survivors.

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