Shelley Calliou

Lands and Resources, Researcher

Kelly Lake Cree Nation

Meet Shelley:

Shelley Calliou is a Cultural advisor, and Nehiyaw iskwew — a Cree woman — from Kelly Lake Cree Nation (KLCN). She was raised in Kelly Lake and currently resides in her community. She is a mother of three and an Aunty to many. Wahkotowin is a strong Cree value of being aware of our relatives and how we are relative to the land. Shelley was raised in a horse culture and grew up learning inherent land teachings. Shelley is a researcher for KLCN and has spent the last six years researching the Nation’s footprint. She feels most at home when on the land.

Shelley works with the Nation to develop and plan cultural camps, fueling her passion for Elder Knowledge. She currently sits as KLCN’s representative on the Jasper Indigenous Forum, as well as the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the South Peace Archives. Shelley is actively involved in many Indigenous platforms, working and collaborating with other First Nations on Truth and Reconciliation. She currently works for her Nation assisting as a Cultural Advisor and in the Lands Department. She recently completed an Environmental Certificate with UNBC.

Shelley takes great pride in giving a voice to those who have not been heard for 120 years. Her people were displaced from Jasper National Park in 1907 and Flyingshot Lake near Grande Prairie, AB in 1911. Many of the ancestors are still buried in these places. As a result of the displacement, the As’in’î’wa’chî Ni’yaw people were not signatories to Treaty 6 or Treaty 8. Today most of the community’s members are considered “Non Status Indians,” excluding them from many of the benefits and protections afforded to Treaty members. KLCN has been fighting for recognition in a land grievance against Canada since 1996.
Kelly Lake is located in the northeast British Columbia (BC) near the BC-Alberta border. KLCN represents more than 800 citizens whose territory includes extensive areas in present day northeastern BC and west-central Alberta.

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