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Tracey Lindberg

Indigenous-Rights Activist, Professor of Law & Acclaimed Author of 'Birdie'

Tracey Lindberg’s novel Birdie was chosen as a finalist in this year’s CBC Canada Reads competition with the theme of ‘starting over’. She’s an award-winning author who teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Strength of Survivors
In this presentation, Tracey shares some of the themes presented in her acclaimed book Birdie. She encourages audiences to become better-acquainted with the histories and narratives of Indigenous communities, and emphasize the connections that bridge women across cultural identities.

Don’t Take No for an Answer
In this youth-focused presentation Tracey shares her path to her chosen career. It is one of overcoming unimaginable difficulties on the way to success. Tracey encourages students to focus on the things that bring them joy in school — in her case, words and storytelling. Her message all about ignoring the doubt and people telling you ‘no’ in order empower yourself to achieve great things.

Relationships & Reconciliation
In this presentation, Tracey discusses development and maintenance of healthy relationships and how that informs and impacts our understanding of territoriality, lawful responsibilities, challenges and possibilities of reconciliation.


National Post | Best Book

University of Ottawa | Governor General's Gold Medal

Summary Profile

Currently working in the area of relationship building, re/conciliation, and renewal, Tracey speaks to many audiences about responsible and respectful relationship development. With works in the area of traditional Indigenous laws and legal orders, and First Nation hereditary and inherent governments, Tracey is fluent in issues related to Indigeneity, women and leadership and Indigenous ways of knowing.  She also focuses on conflict and comparative laws, sovereignty, self-determination and self-sufficiency and in the power of language and action in changing the world. Tracey Lindberg is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community in Alberta.   

As a Cree scholar, researcher and community member, Tracey works with spiritual leaders and Elders from several Indigenous nations to record and translate laws for and by the community. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, Tracey is the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard University.  She is thought also to be the first Indigenous women to earn a Ph.D. in law from a Canadian University (Ottawa).

She is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa Common Law Faculty (2016) after serving as a Canada Research Chair (Indigenous Laws, Legal Orders and Traditions), Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of Indigenous Education at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research (AU). Her debut novel Birdie is the story of an extraordinary Cree woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face the past and to build a new life. The book was featured in the 2016 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads and became a Globe & Mail and Maclean’s bestseller.  She has two new works of fiction on the way.

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