Hello! My name is Ellen Gabriel. I was born in 1959, and I am also known as Katsi'tsakwas.
I was chosen by the People of the Longhouse as the official spokesperson during the Oka crisis. You can see me a lot in the documentary "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance" voicing the concerns of my people.
I was looking to spread awareness during the Oka Crisis, so I flew internationally, including visits to Japan, The Hague, and Strasbourg!
I was elected as President of the Quebec Native Woman's Association in 2006, and I held that position for 6 years. During that period, I brought changes to the Indian act; Bill C-31.
I have given many speeches such as to the eighth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the 41st Parliament, 1st Session at the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
I have been recognized for my efforts and have received awards such as the Golden Eagle Award from the Native Women’s Association of Canada, International Women’s Day Award from the Québec Bar Association, and the Jigonsaseh Women of Peace Award