Willie Littlechild

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Willie Littlechild

Member of Parliament
for Wetaskiwin
In office
Preceded byKenneth Schellenberger
Succeeded byDale Johnston
Personal details
Born (1944-04-01) April 1, 1944 (age 76)
Hobbema, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Canada

J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild, CM, AOE, MSC, QC (born April 1, 1944) is a Cree lawyer and former member of Parliament. He was born in Hobbema, now named Maskwacis, Alberta.


As a young man, Wilton Littlechild was a successful athlete who won ten Athlete of the Year Awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1967,[1] then obtained a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alberta in 1975.[2] During his time in university, he played on the hockey and swimming team.[1] He later became the first status Indian from Alberta to obtain a law degree, which was earned at the University of Alberta in 1976.[2] He won the national Tom Longboat Award in 1967 and 1974,[3] and was one of the founders of the North American Indigenous Games, begun in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta. He has also consistently advocated for the creation of the World Indigenous Games, which provides competitive events for Indigenous athletes from around the world.

Littlechild was the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin from 1988 to 1993.[4] Littlechild did not stand for re-election in the 1993 general election. After leaving Parliament, Littlechild continued to be involved in politics. He was the founder of the International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development, a United Nations non-governmental organization.

Littlechild is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. The Indian Association of Alberta presents the Willie Littlechild Achievement Award to six First Nations students each year.

In 2006, Littlechild was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians,[5] awarded for "outstanding contributions to the promotion and understanding of Canada's parliamentary system of government".[6] He received the Indspire Award for law and justice in 2015. In 2018, Littlechild was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[7] In 2019, Littlechild won the Pearson Peace Medal [8]

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  1. ^ a b "Willie Littlechild". Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Mr. Wilton Littlechild" (PDF). www.un.org. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  3. ^ Forsyth, Janice. Defining the Tom Longboat Awards, 1951-2001. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, 2005, p. 10.
  4. ^ Willie Littlechild – Parliament of Canada biography
  5. ^ Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, Remarks of J. Wilton Littlechild in the Senate of Canada, June 5, 2006, on the occasion of receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  6. ^ Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, Distinguished Service Award Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  7. ^ "2018 Induction Celebrations". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The Pearson Peace Medal Recipients". United Nations Association In Canada. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Kenneth Schellenberger
Member of Parliament Wetaskiwin
Succeeded by
Dale Johnston