Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Ms. Betty Ann Lavallée, CD, (Ret’d) is the National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. A status off-reserve Mi’kmaq woman who has worked all her adult life in non-traditional roles, Chief Lavallée is now in her second term as National Chief for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Previously, Chief Lavallée served as the Chief of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC) for 13 years beginning in 1997. Chief Lavallée was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for approximately 17 years where she was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and Commendation Formation Level and the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Medal.

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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Elects Betty Ann Lavallée as National Chief


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Handshakes and Aboriginal Peoples

When it comes to a handshake and Aboriginal Peoples what could possibly go wrong?

Many people like to shake hands and always offer a hand when meeting and working with people. This works most of the time, but we do have to remember that when we are working with Aboriginal Peoples we are working across cultures with individuals in their own right and that some Aboriginal People do not shake hands therefore are not expecting, or are comfortable with a handshake. With this in mind, we have to understand and be prepared to offer a hand and not have one offered in return.
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Aboriginal Peoples

The term Aboriginal Peoples came into use in 1982 when the Government of Canada patriated the Canadian Constitution, and in so doing, formally entrenched Aboriginal and treaty rights in section 35 of the supreme law of Canada as seen below.

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Aboriginal Peoples Did Not have Written Languages

Bob Joseph
Aboriginal Peoples did not have written languages although many of the Indigenous Peoples of North America relied on oral histories instead of a written language to pass down their history. For example, there were Peoples who were recording historical events in the form of pictographs in various materials. The Maya and Inca were recording history in stone while some of the plains peoples were recording historical events on buffalo hides.

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