For her empowerment of Indigenous people and bridge-building with the wider community
Edith Cloutier, member of the Anicinabe Nation, has been executive director of the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre since 1989 and president of the Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Quebec for more than 20 years.
The first Indigenous woman to chair the board of a university in Québec, Cloutier played a key role in the creation of the Université du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue’s First Peoples Pavillion.
Her outstanding support for Aboriginal women in Val-d’Or who reported situations of abuse of power led to widespread mobilization to counter violence against women throughout Québec. In 2016, Cloutier was presented with Québec's Prix de la justice for her leadership in the fight against racial discrimination.
Since 2014, Cloutier has also served as co-director of DIALOG, a SSHRC and FRQSC-funded research network of 100 researchers and Indigenous partners. Its projects explore new means of enhancing Indigenous cultures and improving the socioeconomic conditions of Indigenous peoples. Concordia is an active partner of DIALOG.
Edith Cloutier will address Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science on Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m.