Ovide William Mercredi, Cree, 1946-
He is an Aboriginal Canadian politician and a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Mercredi and graduated with a degree in Law from University of Manitoba in 1977. While a student he became president of the first Native Students’ Association formed in Canada. He was elected regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Manitoba in 1989. Mercredi had specialized in constitutional law, and became a key strategist for the assembly during the time of the Meech Lake Accord constitutional reform discussions. He also had a strong leadership role in resolving the Oka Crisis. Mercredi was national chief of the Assembly of First Nations from 1991 to 1997. Mercredi is an advocate of non-violent methods for change, and has been nominated by the Government of India for the Gandhi Peace Prize. He has also received honorary law degrees from St. Mary's University and Bishop's University. He is the Chancellor of University College of the North in Northern Manitoba, and is currently serving his first term as the Chief of Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba.

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