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As an Anishinaabe kid growing up in urban Minneapolis, Sheryl Lightfoot had at least two memorable influences in her life.
The first was her mother, a single parent without a university degree who insisted that her children get a postsecondary education.
The second was the American Indian Movement, a civil-rights group founded in Minneapolis in 1968 that gave the young girl – now a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver – a window into the worlds of politics, activism and Indigenous rights.
Those threads recently came together for Dr. Lightfoot, with her appointment to a United Nations group designed to help member countries meet the goals of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
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