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Professor Claudette Commanda

Professor Claudette Commanda

University of Ottawa
Kitigan Zibi, QC

Claudette is a professor at the University of Ottawa. She teaches courses on First Nations women, native education, First Nations people and history, Indigenous traditions and decolonization, across multiple faculties. She is an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi in Quebec.

A University of Ottawa alumna herself, Claudette has spent three decades promoting the First Nations people, history, culture, language, traditional knowledge, and rights for three decades, as both a student and professor, as a member and chair of the aboriginal education council, and as a speaker in the public forum.

Claudette is the Executive Director for the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, has served two appointed terms as a Board of Governor for the First Nations University of Canada, and three elected terms on the Kitigan Zibi Band Council. She was inducted into the Common Law Honour Society in 2009, and in 2017 she was appointed the first Indigenous elder in Residence for the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.