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Q & A: Diom Roméo Saganash

Extended interviews with people from the 8th Fire TV series.

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Diom Roméo Saganash is a Cree from Waswanipi AND has spent the past twenty years of his life defending the rights of the James Bay Cree. In the spring of 2011, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Abitibi - Baie James - Nunavik - Eeyou.

In his position as NDP critic for natural resources, Roméo Saganash continues the work he started with The Grand Council of the Crees years ago. He was a key player in the creation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In 1989, he became the first Cree in Quebec to receive a law degree. From 1990 -1993, he served as The Vice-Grand Chief to The Grand Council of the Crees of James Bay, where he also worked as Director for over ten years.

In September 2011, he announced he would run for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.

Reporter and producer Caroline Nepton Hotte interviewed Saganash as part of the 8th Fire television series.

Links

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples