Elder Noel Starblanket (born 1946) is a First Nations leader in Canada.
For two terms from 1976 to 1980 he was chief of the National Indian Brotherhood (today known as the Assembly of First Nations).
He is a Cree from the Starblanket Indian Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan. At 24, he became one of the youngest reserve Chiefs in Canada.
Starblanket was one of the thousands of Indigenous children who were taken from their families and forced into Canada's residential school system.
Starblanket's time was spent in Saskatchewan at the Lebret Residential School and his experiences are detailed in a documentary by Trudy Stewart called ‘From Up North.’
A residential school survivor and Indigenous role model in this country… 'I have to learn how to cry'
Noel was our pipe carrier at the ceremony to begin the journey of the Atamiskakewak event at our Treaty Four Flag Raising in Moose Jaw. He will be joining us for the week of events and will be an Elders voice at events throughout the week. Watch for details…