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Chief Del Riley  

Chief Del Riley was the former Chairman of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He also was a National Chief of Canada who negotiated and entrenched First Nations Rights, and Treaties into the Constitution of Canada.

Chief Del Riley started his young life as a victum of the Residential School System in Canada as a 5 year old.  Him and his sister spent 2 years in a Sanatorium prior to that sick with Tuberculosis.

After he almost died as a kid from the TB sickness, Chief Del Riley was forced into child labour as a 5 year old from Residential School which was run by all the major Churchs in Canada.  They were also funded by the Canadian Government and Del managed survive what was a national death rate of 51% in Residential Schools in Canada.  Most kids were just taken from there home communities without any notice to the parents, and most would not see there kids again. 

A young Del Riley left Canada to live and work in Detroit, Michigan because of his Dual Citizanship from his Chippewa Heritage.  He also worked in Chicago, and Los Angeles at the same time in 1967 and he saw the riots in each city.  This was the first time Del was able to see upfront and learn about human rights and equality. 

Del moved back to Canada in 1970 and was intrumental in becoming one of the first Land Claims researchers of his time.  He found 100's of millions of dollars in stolen property that needed to be reclaimed, stolen by the Government of Canada. 

Del even had his own Rosa Park's moment when he was refused service for a beer in the early 70's because of his Chippewa heritage.  He had the establishment charged and prosecuted sucessfully. 

He later went on to become provincial leader of Ontario, and in 1980 became The National Chief of Canada.  Chief Del Riley negotiated the entrenchment of First Nations Rights and Treaties in the Canadian Constitution or mainly section 35.  Later he was named Chairman of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, and he marched with Indigenous People world wide to ensure human equality, and basic human rights.

Chief Del Riley has had a life long fight against the Indian Act in Canada, which is the same as the Apartheid in South Africa.  This is still a current issue and a racist legislation that is still in effect today.  He continues to speak at many conferences, and still floats around a 3 handicap on the golf course. 

 

 

 

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