Danika Billie Littlechild is Cree from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Treaty No. 6 territory in Alberta, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University in the Department of Law and Legal Studies in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to joining the Faculty in January of 2020, Danika practiced law in Canada for almost two decades, advising Indigenous Peoples across Canada and internationally. Within Canada, she has served First Nations in the areas of environment, Indigenous Legal Orders, health and governance. Danika has advised Indigenous representative organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, as well as regional treaty based organizations and PTOs.

 

Internationally, she served as an advisor and Indigenous Peoples Representative in various UN mechanisms, treaty bodies and special procedures. These include submitting Indigenous alternative reporting under treaty body mechanisms, participating in the development of the SDGs as a member of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group, and the intergovernmental process leading to the Minimata Converntion on Mercury, as a few examples.

 

Danika was an advisor to the North American representative on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for three years (2013-2016) and was general counsel for International Indian Treaty Council from 2011-2018. Her experiences opened opportunities for her to work with Indigenous Peoples from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Americas. She was the first Indigenous woman to be appointed as Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (2014-2018) after almost 15 years of working with CCUNESCO in various voluntary, leadership and advisory capacities.