Ovide Mercredi was born in Grand Rapids, Manitoba into the traditional hunting, trapping and fishing lifestyle of the Misipawistik Cree Nation where he is currently councillor. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba with a law degree in 1977, Ovide has let his passion for social justice guides his illustrious career.
As Former Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Ovide gained extensive experience advocating for Indigenous rights and issues and has become one of Manitoba’s most well-known and highly respected Indigenous leaders.
Ovide’s experience is highlighted by his many accomplishments, including played a major role in the Charlottetown Accord constitutional discussions, the Order of Manitoba (2006), a nomination for the Ghandi Peace Prize, a number of honorary degrees and doctorates from Bishop’s University, St. Mary’s University, Lethbridge University and Athabasca University, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Manitoba (2013).
As the resident elder and advisor, Ovide ensures Modern Clan’s direction is clear and working towards positive change for Indigenous people.