Speaker Profiles

Theresa Spence

Theresa Spence

Chief

Attawapiskat First Nation

Chief Theresa Spence has extensive governance experience in Canada's remote First Nations communities, particularly in Attawapiskat. Beginning by serving as a member on Attawapiskat's First Nations Council, Chief Spence continued to rise through the community's leadership ranks, serving first as Deputy Chief before eventually being named full-time Chief of Attawapiskat in August of 2010. This, coupled with her rich personal history of growing up in remote northern communities and raising a family of her own, has provided Chief Spence with extensive first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day challenges associated with life in Canada's First Nations communities. 

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