Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel

Ellen Gabriel has been an Indigenous human rights and environmental activist since 1990. Her honourable work as a spokesperson for the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation during the “Oka Crisis” brought her into the public eye and was only the start of her activism. Since then, she has continuously fought for Indigenous rights to self-determination, cultural and language rights and Indigenous women’s rights. Ellen is an artist with a BFA from Concordia University, majoring in Studio Art. She is a board member of the Mohawk Language Custodian Association working to preserve the language, and is part of Indigenous Climate Action’s steering committee.