Marie Small Face-Marule
After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Marie Small Face-Marule travelled to Zambia from 1966 to 1970 to work in Community Development and Adult Literacy with CUSO. She was one of the first Indigenous women to volunteer with the organization. She credited her time in Zambia as a driving force for her life-long human rights work.
A member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Dr. Small Face-Marule was the President of the Red Crow Community College, the first tribal college in Canada, and helped create the World Council of Indigenous Peoples (WCIP). She was the Executive Director of the National Indian Brotherhood, the forerunner of the Assembly of First Nations. In 1995, Marule received a National Aboriginal Achievement award (now Indspire) for her work in education. In May 2014, she received the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women’s (IAAW) Dorothy MacDonald Leadership Award and was inducted into the IAAW’s Circle of Honour. Dr. Small Face-Marule passed away on Dec. 31, 2014.