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Embracing Culture, Honoring Treaties & Building a Better Future Together

September 29, 2023, 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Elder Marcel Paul and Marcel Arcand, shared their deep-rooted cultural teachings and rich history. Their mission is clear: to foster the recognition and respect of Sacred Treaties at every level of government and within our institutions.

In Recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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In a spirit of unity and collaboration, Marcel Arcand shared an update on an exciting initiative – an Indigenous Framework. This framework is not just a concept; it’s a starting point for building a brighter economic future, hand in hand with our diverse Nations. We’re coming together following the recent adoption of the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the meaningful implementation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action.

At this event, compassion and understanding were our guiding lights. We aimed to create an atmosphere of togetherness, where we listened, learned, and uplifted one another. It’s about recognizing the importance of culture, history, and reconciliation, and the pivotal role they play in shaping the future of our shared community. 

Thank you to everyone who attended, including community chambers, SMEs, government representatives, and our valued large organizations. We all come together to be a part of this compassionate journey – a journey toward greater access, influence, stability, and success. Your presence helped us achieve clarity and foster a sense of community, all while amplifying your status by association with a cause that truly matters. 

We not only honoured the past but also set the stage for a more harmonious and prosperous future for everyone. Together, we can make a difference.

Meet Elder Marcel Paul and Marcel Arcand

Elder Marcel Paul

Elder Marcel Paul

Marcel Paul is a proud family man with 6 children, 17 grandchildren and a loving wife with whom he has shared his life for the past 35-plus years.  A fluent Cree speaker, Marcel has learned the cultural and traditional ways from his grandfather from a very young age.  Additionally, Marcel served 9 years as a council member and has a degree from the University of Saskatoon in Lands Management, where he graduated with a 90% average.  He has and will always continue to be a strong advocate for First Nations peoples and their rights and passes these teachings on to his children and grandchildren.  A skillful negotiator, Marcel has concluded some historical land claims and other claims for his nation during his tenure as a Council Member and the Lands Director.  Marcel credits his teachings and knowledge to his grandfather and many Elders who have since passed and holds these teachings very near to his heart.  Believing that partnerships need to be mutually respectful and beneficial, Marcel will continue to be an advocate for First Nations people now and for future generations.

Marcel ArchandMarcel Arcand, Indigenous Procurement Specialist, MBA

Marcel Arcan has been working in the Administrative and Management field since 2003 and has been active in creating awareness and protecting Indigenous History and Rights. During his career, Marcel has received many awards and accolades as well as completed numerous major projects in various locations across western Canada. He has now completed the Executive Master of Business Administration Program through Simon Fraser University (SFU), with a 3.6 GPA and an excellent attendance record. As part of his education journey, Marcel has now earned the title of Indigenous Procurement Specialist with the completion of his Capstone Project via SFU. Marcel’s true passion is Economic Development and the exciting challenges it brings regarding building opportunities and partnerships that are for the benefit of all. One aspect that Macel always focuses on where he works either full time or in his consulting endeavours is the value in creating strong working relationships that transcend standard norms and evolve into long lasting true partnerships. In his spare time, Marcel enjoys spending time with his family and continuously improving their home and their yard. As well, Marcel is an avid writer teeming with ideas who would like to pursue script writing and eventually, motion pictures. 


September 29, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Alberta Canada
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Alberta Chamber of Commerce
780-425-4180 ext7
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