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Y quien es Tony Belcourt?

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Biography
Tony (Anthony) Belcourt (born 1943 in the historic Mtis community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta) whose career as a Mtis leader in Canada spans three decades and continues to have a positive influence for Mtis, other Aboriginal nations across Canada and Indigenous peoples worldwide.

Tony was elected Vice-president of the Mtis Association of Alberta in 1969. In the fall of that year he was instrumental in the forming of the Native Council of Canada and served as its founding president from 1971-1974.

In his time as the President of the Native Council of Canada, Mr. Belcourt was successful in convincing the federal government to include Mtis and Non-Status organizations in their newly announced core-funding program, which, up to that point, was exclusively for Status Indians.

In addition to assisting in the development of other Mtis and Non-Status organizations throughout Canada, Tony helped create a national voice for Canada's Mtis and Non-Status Indian people.

As well, in 1973, Mr. Belcourt successfully lobbied the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to put into place the "Rural and Native Housing Program"--a program with goals to build 50,000 new homes in five years. In addition, a program for emergency repair and residential rehabilitation that would improve the housing conditions of Mtis and Non-Status peoples was also negotiated.

In the mid-70s, Mr. Belcourt operated a research company and began his career as a writer, producer and director in film, video, and radio production. For the years between 1977 and 1981, he was Communications Director at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs through the federal Executive Interchange Program.

During the round of talks leading to patriation of Canadas Constitution, Mr. Belcourt was a valued advisor to the Native Council of Canada and the Inuit Committee on National Issues. In the fall of 1981, when the section on Aboriginal matters and the equality clause were dropped from the proposed patriated constitution, Mr. Belcourt co-chaired a massive Aboriginal Rights Coalition of First Nations, Mtis and Inuit leadership who came together to lobby for the reinstatement of the Aboriginal rights clause. The lobby was successful with the inclusion of the present S.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

In 1985, Mr. Belcourt served as the Chairman of the Native Business Summit, a week long extravaganza that occupied almost the entire Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This Summit was the first of its kind and raised the profile of Native businesses to an unprecedented level in Canada and throughout the world. The Summit consisted of five conferences running simultaneously, a trade show, an art gallery, and a gala of Aboriginal entertainment throughout. Attended by 2,000 delegates from nine countries, HRH, The Princess Anne, along with Elder Rufus Goodstriker, opened the ceremonies and the Summit to business. The conferences, which saw the participation of CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies and the cream of Aboriginal business in Canada, resulted in $81 million worth of trade for Native business in one week.

These efforts culminated in the forming of Mr. Belcourts own company, Wolfwalker Communications, in the late 80s. When this company was under his control, Wolfwalker Communications went on to produce many award winning programs directed to Aboriginal audiences.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Mr. Belcourt served as an advisor and consultant to the Hon. Yvon Dumont, then President of the Mtis National Council, lobbying the federal government for the recognition of Mtis rights.

In 1992, Tony was given the privilege by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, then Deputy Prime Minister, of drafting the all-party resolution of the House of Commons which gave a long deserved recognition to Louis Riel and his contributions to Canada.

In 1993, Mr. Belcourt was instrumental in the formation of the Mtis Nation of Ontario and since 1994 he has served as the founding president and was re-elected to that position in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2005.

The growth of the MNO to this date is impressive. The foundations for Mtis governance were developed and approved. The Mtis Nation Registry; the MNO Electoral Code, providing for province-wide ballot box elections; the elected councils for Mtis women, Mtis youth and Mtis veterans; the MNO Harvesting Policy, and its regime of Captains of the Hunt; the MNO Development Corporation and the Mtis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission are all institutions that have earned the respect that has gained the MNO its legitimacy. The creation of endowment funds for Mtis bursaries and scholarships at 32 Ontario universities and colleges throughout the provincenow topping $4.4 million sets the MNO apart as one of the largest, if not the largest, private sector provider of bursaries and scholarships in Ontario. The MNO also serves as an effective delivery agent of various programs for Mtis people, including employment and training programs, long-term care and various health programs, housing and economic development.

Tony Belcourt has been keenly involved in numerous actions for the recognition of Mtis rights, including the landmark Powley case concerning the Mtis right to hunt. On September 19, 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Mtis have a constitutionally protected Aboriginal right to harvest. This watershed victory in favour of Mtis rights will be a lasting legacy for the Mtis Nation of Ontario.

Tonys work at the provincial level is complemented by an equally determined effort at the national and international levels. He is a member of the Mtis National Councils Board of Governors and served for many years as the MNCs Minister responsible for International Affairs. Tonys role as Minister responsible for International Affairs is supported financially by the federal Minister of External Affairs and International Trade. The role brings him to United Nations meetings and conferences at the UN in Geneva and New York. He has also represented the Mtis Nation at various UN conferences in South Africa and other parts of the western hemisphere.

His responsibilities include representing the Mtis Nation within the Organization of American States (OAS) where he is involved in talks concerning the Americas Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. It is a position that enables Tony to establish an effective presence for his work in helping other Indigenous peoples in Central and South America by promoting partnerships between the Mtis Nation and Indigenous peoples in the northern hemisphere of the Americas. Tonys work extends to the development of an Indigenous policy for the Inter-American Development Bank. The MNO has developed a nation-to-nation protocol with the Aymara Nation whose territory spans southern Peru, Bolivia, northern Argentina and northern Chile. Over the past decade, Mr. Belcourt has developed a strong relationship with the Qeqchi Maya of Guatemala.
These hemispheric relationships have led to discussions on trade and the projects involving Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). In 2007, Mr. Belcourt was elected president of the newly founded Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas. The purpose of the Commission, made up of Indigenous representatives from 35 countries of North, Central, South America and the Caribbean is to promote the appropriate use and development of information and communications technologies to strengthen the recovery of the roots of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and their legal, political, social, educational, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being.

Tony Belcourt is a member of the Governing Council of Trent University's Ph.D. program in Native Studies, the first such degree program at any university in Canada. He is a Patron of the Diana Fowler LeBlanc Aboriginal Social Work Scholarship. In January, 2006, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service.

Tony is President of the Mtis Nation of Ontario Development Corporation, (MNODC) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MNO. The MNODC has invested in new technology for the thermal treatment of wood in order to bring value added wood products, including softwoods, to the market. Through the MNODC, Tony is also involved in discussions for the development of co-generation of green power using new biomass technology. In addition, he is currently involved with significant telecommunications partners in the development of contact centres.
Tony Belcourt is Chair of the Mtis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission, a charitable organization dedicated to preserve and promote Mtis history, values, traditions and pride in Mtis arts and culture. He is also a member of the Crossing Boundaries National Council, which is composed of senior public servants and elected representatives from each of the provinces and the federal government, as well as representatives from territorial and municipal governments and the Aboriginal community. Through its projects and national discussions, the Council acts as an agent of change for transformation towards a more citizen-centred government.

Tony Belcourt is the father of Mtis painter Christi Belcourt, graphic designer Suzanne Belcourt, and filmmaker Shane Belcourt. He resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.