List of First Nations people

List of First Nations people

This is a list of Canadian people who are members of the First Nations.


*Aatsista-Mahkan, Blackfoot chief
*Abishabis, Cree religious leader
*A-ca-oo-mah-ca-ye, Blackfoot chief
*David Aglukark, politician
*Susan Aglukark, singer
*Leona Aglukkaq, politician
*Agouhanna, chief of Hochelega
*David Ahenakew, politician
*Freda Ahenakew, author
*Olayuk Akesuk, politician
*David Alagalak, politician
*Jerry Alfred, musician
*Anahareo (Gertrude Bernard), author
*Jack Anawak, politician
*Anna Mae Aquash, activist
*Jeannette Armstrong, author, artist and activist
*Joanne Arnott, writer
*James Arreak, politician
*Kenojuak Ashevak, artist
*Pitseolak Ashoona, artist
*Shawn Atleo, chief
*William Aubut, drummer Breach of Trust
*Auoindaon, Wyandot chief


*Marty Ballentyne, singer Breach of Trust
*Levi Barnabas, politician
*James K. Bartleman, diplomat and author
*Adam Beach, actor
*Big Bear, Cree chief
*Sandra Birdsell, author
*Ethel Blondin-Andrew, politician
*Columpa Bobb, actor, playwright and poet
*Steven Bonspille, Mohawk chief
*James Bourque, activist
*Joseph Boyden, author
*Joseph Brant, Mohawk leader
*Mary Brant, Mohawk leader
*Levinia Brown, politician
*John Bruce, Métis leader
*Rod Bruinooge, politician, businessman and filmmaker
*Sharon Bruneau, bodybuilder
*T.J. Burke, politician


*June Callwood, journalist, author and social activist
*Douglas Cardinal, architect
*Harold Cardinal, writer and political leader
*Lorne Cardinal, actor
*Tantoo Cardinal, actor
*Kate Carmack, possible finder of the gold deposits in the Yukon
*Dawson Charlie, co-discoverer of gold in the Yukon
*Jonathan Cheechoo - ice hockey player [ [] "San Jose Sharks select Cree right winger"]
*Byron Chief-Moon, American born actor
*Michel Chrétien, son of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
*Matthew Coon Come, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
*Nellie Cournoyea, politician and activist
*Crowfoot, Blackfoot chief
*Tagak Curley, politician


*Demasduwit, one of the last Beothuk people
*Paul DeVillers, politician
*Donnacona, chief of Stadacona site of present day Quebec City
*Todd Ducharme, judge
*Gabriel Dumont, Métis leader
*W. Yvon Dumont, politician
*Willie Dunn, filmmaker, folk musician, playwright and politician
*Lillian Dyck, Canadian Senator


*Georges Erasmus, politician
*Etookashoo, guide for Frederick Cook to the North Pole
*Ron Evans, politician
*Joe Allen Evyagotailak, politician


*Gary Farmer (1953 - ) actor and filmmaker []
*Wally Firth, politician
*Jerry Fontaine, politician
*Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
*Rainbow Sun Francks, actor
*Don Freed, singer and songwriter


*James Gabriel, Grand Chief of Kanesatake, Quebec
*Richard Gauthier, musician
*Dan George, actor and Salish chief
*Dudley George, protester killed near Camp Ipperwash
*Leela Gilday, musician
*James Gladstone, Canadian Senator
*Cuthbert Grant, Métis leader
*Gary Potts, former chief of Temagami First Nation
*Graham Greene, actor
*Guujaaw, carver, musician and political activist


*Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut
*John Harding (Sha ko hen the tha), chief of Kanesatake, Quebec
*Elijah Harper, politician
*René Highway, dancer and actor
*Tomson Highway, playwright, novelist, and children's author.


*Joseph Idlout, featured on the former Canadian two-dollar bill [] []
*Peter Irniq, former Commissioner of Nunavut
*James Isbister, Métis leader
*Peter Ittinuar, politician


*Honoré Jackson, a leader of the North-West Rebellion
*Tom Jackson, actor
*Carole James, leader of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia
*Edward John, political leader
*Mary John, Sr., leader of the Dakelh or Carrier people
*Pauline Johnson, writer and performer


*Stephen Kakfwi, premier of the Northwest Territories
*Helen Kalvak, artist
*Nancy Karetak-Lindell, politician
*Peter Kattuk, politician
*Simeonie Keenainak, musician
*Tina Keeper, activist, actress and politician
*Keish (Skookum Jim Mason), discovered gold in the Yukon
*Peter Kilabuk, politician
*Thomas King, author
*Zacharias Kunuk, director of Atanarjuat


*Rick Laliberte, politician
*Oscar Lathlin, politician
*George Leach, politician
*Reggie Leach, ice hockey player
*Ambroise-Dydime Lépine, Métis military leader
*Tom Longboat, distance runner
*Loma Lyns, musician


*Ranald MacDonald, American born Japanese/English interpreter
*Helen Maksagak, former Commissioner of Northwest Territories and Commissioner of Nunavut, current Deputy Commissioner of Nunavut
*George Manuel, former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations
*Steve Mapsalak, politician
*Maquinna, chief of the Nuu-chah-nulth
*Lee Maracle, poet and author
*Leonard Marchand, politician
*Donald Marshall, wrongly convicted of murder
*Matonabbee, Chipewyan hunter and leader
*Claude McKenzie, singer-songwriter
*Henri Membertou, Mi'kmaq leader
*Andrea Menard, actress, playwright, and jazz singer
*Billy Merasty, actor
*Gary Merasty, politician
*Ovide Mercredi, politician
*Mikak, worked to create friendly relations between native Labradoreans and European traders
*Milton Born With A Tooth, political activist
*Gilbert Monture, honorary chief of the Mohawk tribe
*Norval Morrisseau, artist
*Daniel David Moses, poet and playwright
*Ted Moses, politician


*Nahnebahwequa, Ojibwa spokeswoman and Christian Missionary
*Nakasuk, founder of Iqaluit, Nunavut
*Patterk Netser, politician
*Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, Canadian Senator
*Ted Nolan, ice hockey player
*Charles Nolin, political organiser who opposed the North-West Rebellion
*Nonosbawsut, leader of the Beothuk people
*John Norquay, Premier of Manitoba
*Henry Norwest, sniper, Military Medal winner
*Kaúxuma Núpika, prophetess
*Jobie Nutarak, politician


*Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker
*Paul Okalik, premier of Nunavut
*Bernard Ominayak, elected leader of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
*Joseph Onasakenrat, Mohawk chief of Kanesatake, Quebec
*Jessie Oonark, artist
*Oronhyatekha, first Aboriginal medical doctor
*Helen Betty Osborne, Manitoba woman, kidnapped and murdered


*Francis Pegahmagabow, sniper, Military Medal winner
*Buckley Petawabano, actor and communications consultant
*Piapot, leader, diplomat, warrior, horse thief, and spiritualist
*Pitikwahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker}, Cree chief
*Chief Pontiac, Ottawa war leader
*Jerry Potts, guide and interpreter
*Gaylord Powless, lacrosse player
*Ross Powless, lacrosse player
*Tommy Prince, war hero


*Bill Reid, jeweler, sculptor and artist
*Sandrine Renard, newscaster on the Naked News
*Louis Riel, Métis leader
*Louis Riel Sr., Métis leader
*Robbie Robertson, songwriter and guitarist
*Carla Robinson, television journalist
*Eden Robinson, writer
*Eric Robinson, politician
*Denis Rocan, politician
*Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, business woman
*Ian Ross, playwright
*James Ross, lawyer
*Todd Russell, politician

*Buffy Sainte-Marie, musician
*Guillaume Sayer, fur trader
*Eric Schweig, actor and carver
*James Sewid, former Chief councillor of the Kwakwaka'wakw
*Shanawdithit, believed to have been the last surviving member of the Beothuk people
*John Shiwak, sniper
*Jay Silverheels, actor best known for playing Tonto
*David Simailak, politician
*Sheldon Souray, ice hockey player
*Gerry St. Germain, politician
*Kinnie Starr, singer-songwriter
*Ralph Steinhauer, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
*Brent Stutsky, bassist Breach of Trust
*Thomas Suluk, politician
*Cree Summer, voice actress


*Tanya Tagaq Gillis, singer & artist
*Louis Tapardjuk, politician
*Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright and journalist
*Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha, first Indigenous person considered for Sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church
*Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq, artist
*Simon Tookoome, artist
*Hunter Tootoo, politician
*Jordin Tootoo, ice hockey player
*Gordon Tootoosis, actor
*Bryan Trottier, ice hockey player
*Shania Twain, singer-songwriter
*Walter Patrick Twinn, Canadian Senator


*Abraham Ulrikab, zoo exhibit in Hamburg, Germany


*Roy Henry Vickers, artist
*Florent Vollant, singer-songwriter


*Barbara Wardlaw, interim leader First Peoples National Party of Canada
*Charlie Watt, Canadian Senator
*Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuk activist
*Myron Wolf Child, youth activist, public speaker and politician


*Dean Zabolotney, guitarist Breach of Trust


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