Mike Myers: March 20, 2009

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Planning for the Seventh Generation


Date: Friday, March 20,2009

Morning lecture in Kahnawake:
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
(A light buffet lunch will be served)
Location: Kanien'kehaka Raotitiohkwa Cultural Center, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec
Tel: (450) 638-0880

Afternoon lecture:
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
(Refreshments will be served)
Location: Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry Amphitheatre
4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine (corner Legaré)

About Mike Myers

Brian “Mike” Myers was born and raised on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation in Western New York. He is a member of the Wolf Clan, and is a father to six children and grandfather to ten.

Mike has been active in Indigenous affairs, issues and development efforts for more than 30 years, beginning with his participating in the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969. His activism and work has brought him to work with and be assistance to Indigenous nations, communities and organizations throughout North America and internationally.

Since 1976, he has been a Grand Council appointed member of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) Land Rights Committee which has been charged with the responsibility of addressing Confederacy land issues throughout their homelands in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1977, Mike was hired by the Institute for the Development of Indian Law in Washington, DC, to act as the coordinator of Indigenous delegations to the first Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations conference on “The Issues of Discrimination Against the Indigenous Populations of the Americas”. This work led to his being actively involved in the development of international rights and standards pertaining to Indigenous nations and peoples. He was one of the original co-authors of the recently passed “International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.

Mike is currently working for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe as the Director of the Tribal Development Division with responsibility for designing and implementing culture-based development strategies in all non-gaming areas of development.

In his former position as program Director for Red Lake’s Family & Children Services he wrote the guiding document “Developing an Anishinabe System of Care” and designed the “Mino Bimaadiziwin Treatment Program – A Juvenile Wellness Program”.

He is a published author beginning with “A Basic Call To Consciousness”, Akwesasne Notes (1977) “Traditional Teachings” North American Indian Traveling College (1980) and “The Power Within People” Tribal Sovereignty Associates (1986) as well as numerous articles and papers for publications and conferences. In addition to his non-fiction work, Mike has written several children’s stories, short stories, and recently finished his first novel.

As a community organizer and developer he has worked with numerous Indigenous nations, communities and organizations throughout North America, Hawaii, Nicaragua, and Mexico. From 1988-1990 he was the Program Director of “The Seventh Generation Fund” an Indigenous foundation and technical assistance organization. During his tenure the Fund developed a holistic community based training program to assist local organizers and developers in conducting long term, culturally based planning, implementation and development.

Mike resides with his wife, Birdie Lyons, and their three adopted sons at the Leech Lake Territory of the Ojibwe Nation.

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