A fierce advocate for Indigenous access to education and housing, Dr. Herb Belcourt used his gifts to improve the lives of our people for decades. In 2006, he was awarded the Indspire Award (previously called the National Aboriginal Achievement Award) for his work in the field of housing. Through the Canative Housing Corporation, he combined his entrepreneurial expertise and generosity to ensure that Métis families moving into Edmonton and Calgary had affordable, decent housing.
He was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and was the first Métis entrepreneur to be inducted into the CCAB Hall of Fame.
Dr. Belcourt co-founded the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards which, since 2002, have provided more than $6.7 million to more than 1,100 Métis Albertans. Thank you, Dr. Belcourt for your commitment to education and for being such an incredible role model to our people.
On July 5, 2017, Dr. Herb Belcourt went on his journey. Our hearts go out to his wife, Lesley, and their family.
“The Métis people were always leaders in this country. They were chief factors for the Hudson Bay. And today, with an education that they’re achieving, I can see them doing so much good for man-kind.” – Dr. Herb Belcourt