Elmer St. Pierre – NATIONAL CHIEF, CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
Mr. Elmer St. Pierre was elected as the National Chief at the October 3rd Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) 2020 Annual General Assembly. is the National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP).
Chief St Pierre is a lifelong advocate for the rights of Indigenous people, in particular the off-reserve and non-Status communities. At 25 years old, he became involved in the Metis movement. In 2006 he became the Vice Chief of the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples and in 2019 he became the Chief of Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples. At the 2019 CAP Annual General Assembly, he became a member of the CAP Board of Directors.
During the CAP 2020 AGA Chief St Pierre said, “My family lived a very traditional way of life. At age fifteen, one of my daily chores was to check my dad’s trap line before school. I am proud that he taught me to hunt. My mother was a strong woman who taught me the importance of traditional ways. To this day, I value traditional knowledge in my life.”
As National Chief, his priority is to see the implementation of the CAP-Daniels Decision which he views as one of the biggest issues facing off-reserve Indigenous Peoples. In addition, he aims to support implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the fulfillment of the 2018 CAP-Canada Political Accord, and supporting CAP’s provincial and territorial affiliate organizations.
With regard to tradition and culture, Chief St Pierre said, “Culture is a big part of my family; my boys are drummers and my daughters and grandchildren traditional dancers. My life long goal has been to do the best I can for my family and community. It also has been my goal to help other Indigenous families by advocating for their rights. “
Other priorities Chief St. Pierre has laid out for the organization include:
- TRC Calls to Action
- MMIWG National Action Plan
- Murdered and Missing Indigenous Men and Boys
- Resource Rights
- Justice Reform
- Child Welfare Reform
- Post-Secondary Education
- Two-Spirited Individuals
- Gender Equity
- Environmental Issues
- Indigenous Day Schools Settlement
- 60s Scoop Settlement
Chief St. Pierre said he hopes to strengthen CAP’s position with the Federal Government through re-instated annual bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister and inclusion at First Ministers meetings.
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 80% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.