Knowledge Keeper Dr. Harry Bone, C.M. is from the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation. Knowledge Keeper Bone has worked tirelessly throughout his life to bolster Indigenous rights. He has served extensive terms in many fulfilling roles such as Chief and Director of Education. He also served as a CEO at the West Region Tribal Council, a Director of the Manitoba Indian Education Authority, he is a graduate student in political studies at University of Manitoba, and he was a Student Advisor and Lecturer. He was a Director of Native Programs for the Federal Government, a Vice-President of Aboriginal Cultural Centres of Canada and currently sits as Chairperson of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM) Council of Elders and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Council of Elders. Knowledge Keeper Dr. Bone is experienced in First Nations Governance, he has led delegations that have met with all levels of government while being instrumental in projects such as the Oral History Project and the Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba.
Knowledge Keeper Dr. Bone and Knowledge Keeper Doris Pratt co-authored Untuwe Pi Kin He – Who We are: Treaty Elders’ Teachings. Like Knowledge Keeper Dr. Bone, the book aims to inspire people through compassion, reason, humility and human dignity.
His distinguished achievements in leadership, scholarship and public service have been recognized by many individuals and communities who have touched by his work. The University of Manitoba honoured Knowledge Keeper Dr. Bone with an Honorary Doctor of Law degree for his trendsetting work that continues to advance Aboriginal education in Canada.
In December 2017, Elder Bone was announced as an appointee to the Order of Canada “for his contributions to advancing Indigenous education and preserving traditional laws, and for creating bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities.”