Walter Dieter

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Walter Dieter
Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood
In office
Preceded by first leader
Succeeded by George Manuel
Personal details
Born (1916-05-31)31 May 1916
Died 7 September 1988(1988-09-07) (aged 72)
Regina, Saskatchewan

Walter Perry Dieter, OC (31 May 1916 – 7 September 1988) was a Canadian First Nations leader. He was the founding chief of the National Indian Brotherhood in 1968, which is today known as the Assembly of First Nations.

Dieter was a Cree, born on the Peepeekisis Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War but was turned away due to his tuberculosis.

He became the Regina Friendship Centre's first aboriginal president. In 1966, he became head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and served in that role until 1968.[1]

In 1980 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work towards better education and social conditions for aboriginal Canadians.[2]

He died of cancer in Regina and was buried on the Okanese Reserve.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Past Leaders: Walter Dieter". Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Order of Canada: Walter Perry Deiter (sic), O.C.". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (10 September 1988). "Walter Dieter, Indian leader". Toronto Star. p. A16. 
  4. ^ "Walter Dieter". Saskatchewan Indian. September 1988. p. 4. Retrieved 27 June 2010.