Cara Currie-Hall: A voice for indigenous people for over 30 years

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In this edition of positively North Dakota we meet Cara Currie-Hall. She is a Bismarck local and is of the Cree Indigenous Peoples.

She’s devoted 30 years of her life to giving indigenous people a voice.

“I’m a mom I’m a wife. I am a lot of dimensions of being a woman, says Hall.
 
Not only is Cara all of these things, but much more.
 
“I come from a small reservation from a long line of chiefs on both sides, says Hall. “My mom and my dad and always around the environment of politics– not understanding it and the importance of it when I was growing up. But I was always familiar with the conversation.
 
She told me at the mere age of 24 she was asked to run for office. She didn’t end up winning, but says it opened up a platform of many opportunities for her. From there she started working with different campaigns learning the ins and outs of the world of politics and also sports.
 
“How to be diplomatic and how to negotiate but you have to also be really bold and really courageous. And know exactly your position you are coming from and what it is you’re trying to achieve.
 
She says she used her news skills to be a voice for the people that couldn’t.
 
“That there’s one maker and one people, and we are all one people. But there’s a certain group of people that have been really oppressed and that’s my people and to finding ways and putting efforts into that to reverse it– undo it– and cause them to be revived.
 
That lead her to working with the United Nations, where she advocated for The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
“You must first before making any laws or any decisions that effect or impact those people obtain–obtain free prior and informed consent from then.
 
With the help of Hall and many others they successfully got the UN to adopt the bill in 2007. To this day she continues giving indigenous people the support and courage to fight for their rights.
 
“When you can give people a voice and motivate them to use their own voice even as in the world of politics, that yeah your vote counts– yeah you matter in a big way. You have a huge say in the way your history is going to look like.
 
Since then, she told me she was a founder of the World of Indigenous People’s Games, which is a multi sport event involving over 2,000 indigenous athletes from all over the world.

She is currently the vice president for, Kingdom Business, a global leadership conference.
 
Cara was recently featured in the March edition of Inspired Woman Magazine.
 

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