Sylvia McAdam

Sylvia McAdamis a nêhiyaw lawyer from Mistatikamehk Sahkaikan, Treaty 6 Territory, also known as Big River, Saskatchewan. Sylvia holds a B.A on Human Justice from the University of Regina and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan. Sylvia has a wide scope of experiences both in academic settings and in community organizing, being an Indigenous studies professor at First Nations University of Canada for four years, and an activist and key speaker in local events. Sylvia is a co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, which is a grassroots movement actively participating and engaging with political issues concerning the livelihood of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. Sylvia has published in the areas of nehiyaw legal systems and resurgence, Indigenous methodologies, treaty rights and environmental protection. Sylvia has received notable attention for her work as the recipient of the Carol Geller Human Rights Award, the Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers Award, 2014 Global Citizen Award and several eagle feathers from Indigenous communities.