Born in the historic Métis community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Mr. Belcourt’s career spans 45 years of experience and significant achievement in Aboriginal affairs, the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. During this period he founded, led and served on the boards of numerous local, regional, national and international Aboriginal organizations including the Native Council of Canada (1970-74), the Métis Nation of Ontario (1993-2008) and the Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas (2005-Present). Mr. Belcourt, as Métis Nation Ambassador for International Issues, participated in numerous international meetings of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, including negotiations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
His efforts were an important contributing factor in the Métis being recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, as one of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada and were instrumental in bringing about constitutional recognition of existing Métis rights at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Powley in 2003.
Mr. Belcourt has served on many boards and advisory committees including the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Institute on Governance.
In 2006, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service. Mr. Belcourt received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Lakehead University in 2010. In 2013 Mr. Belcourt was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.