Keynote Speakers

Dr. Wilton Littlechild
Maskwacîs, Alberta – Treaty No. 6

For more than 40 years, Dr. Littlechild has worked to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through athletics, politics, and law. An accomplished lawyer, he is the first Indigenous person appointed to Queen’s Council by the Alberta Law Society. He brought Native issues to public attention while serving as the first Treaty Indian Member of Parliament.Dr. Littlechild has been active with a number of organizations both within Canada and abroad, including the Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, the United Nations, the National Indian Athletic Association, and the Canadian Council of International Law. Dr. Littlechild served a Commissioners on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, whose final report was released on December 15, 2015; Regional Chief to the Assembly of First Nations and Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations. For his participation in Indigenous and athletic endeavours, Dr. Littlechild has been honoured with several awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Aboriginal Role Model and the Order of Canada; he has been inducted into nine Sports Halls of Fame, including Canada Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Law Degree, and five Honourary Doctorates

Dr. Dean Oliver


Dr. Oliver joined the Museum’s staff in 2013, after nearly fourteen years at the Canadian War Museum, the last ten as Director of Research and Exhibitions. His most recent book (with J. L. Granatstein), The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History, won the annual Charles P. Stacey Award for the best book published on Canadian military history.
In 2010, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made Dr. Oliver a knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of his “contributions to society” through his scholarly and museum work.
Dean Oliver holds a PhD in History from York University and has taught History, Political Science and International Security. A long-time contributor to the Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs and founding editor of the Studies in Canadian Military History monograph series, he is a well-known writer, lecturer and media commentator.
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Quand il est entré au Musée, en 2013, Dean Oliver avait déjà passé quatorze ans au Musée canadien de la guerre, dont dix comme directeur de la Recherche et des Expositions. Son dernier ouvrage, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History (écrit en collaboration avec J. L. Granatstein), a reçu le prix annuel Charles P. Stacey d’excellence en histoire militaire canadienne.
En 2010, la reine Beatrix des Pays-Bas a conféré à Dean Oliver le titre de chevalier de l’Ordre d’Orange-Nassau en reconnaissance de ses « contributions à la société » grâce à ses recherches et à son travail aux musées.
Titulaire d’un doctorat en histoire de l’Université York, Dean Oliver a enseigné l’histoire, les sciences politiques et la sécurité internationale. Bien connu en tant qu’auteur, conférencier et commentateur dans les médias, il a longtemps collaboré à la Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs et a été rédacteur en chef fondateur de Studies in Canadian Military History, une collection de monographies.

Ryan Boyko


Ryan Boyko is a Canadian actor, producer, and director. His film "That Never Happened: Canada's First National Internment Operations" reveals the lesser known story of Canada's internment camps between 1914-1920, including those in Banff.