Sa'k'ej Henderson

James [Sa’ke’j] Youngblood Henderson is a Research Fellow of the Native Law Centre of Canada at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. He was born to the Bear Clan of the Chickasaw Nation in 1944 and is married to Marie Battise, an Mîkmaw educator. He received a Juris doctorate in law from Harvard Law School (1974). He served as a constitutional advisor for the Míkmaw nation and the Assembly of First Nations (1978-1993). He advocates uniting treaty federalism with provincial federalism to create a shared rule, democracy, and government in Canada in “Empowering Treaty Federalism”. He was one of the strategists that created Indigenous diplomacy, working through the Four Direction Council, an NGO, in the UN system and part of the drafting team of many of the existing Declarations. His award winning books are on Aboriginal Tenure in the Constitution of Canada, Treaty Rights in the Constitution of Canada, and Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples: Achieving U.N. Recognition. He was elected as a fellow of Native American Academy (1985), awarded the Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (2005) and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Law and Justice (2006), a Honourary Doctorate of Laws, Carlton University (2007), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013).