For nearly 30 years, Edith Cloutier, member of the Anicinabe Nation, has dedicated herself to bridging the gap between peoples, improving the well-being of urban Aboriginals and defending the rights of First Peoples.
Cloutier has led the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre since 1989. Cloutier’s trademark is her dynamic and human approach oriented toward finding solutions. Under her guidance, the Centre has become a genuine hub for innovative services for First Peoples. Her contribution has extended the influence of the Centre, as acknowledged through its numerous awards including, in 2010, an honourable mention at the Prix Droits et Libertés and the 2017 National Award of Excellence from the National Association of Friendship Centres.
Present at various national and international forums, Edith Cloutier is well known for her commitment to the well-being of Aboriginal people in urban environments. She has notably distinguished herself as President of the Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec, and as co-director of the ODENA Research Alliance, a partnership-based structure supporting the overall development of Aboriginal people in Quebec cities. Since 2014, she is co-director of the Aboriginal Peoples Research and Knowledge Network DIALOG.
She has played a key role through her outstanding support for many Aboriginal women who reported situations of racism, physical and sexual misconduct from local Sureté du Québec officers. Her commitment has been recognised through several awards: Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (2006), Order of Canada (2013) and Quebec Justice Award (2016). She holds a bachelor of accounting.