Herb Belcourt, Honoured Métis Philanthropist, Passes Away

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Thursday July 6, 2017

Métis Nation of Alberta was saddened to hear the news of Herb Belcourt’s passing on July 5th, 2017.

Belcourt dedicated his life to helping others and has had a profound impact on the Métis community across the nation. After building a successful construction company, he directed his efforts to a Housing Corporation, served as chair of Rupertsland Institute, and founded the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards, which broke barriers to education in the Métis community while instilling pride in the Métis culture.

For this and other initiatives that helped the lives of countless Métis people, Belcourt has been the recipient of numerous honours, including the Order of Canada (2010), a University of Alberta Honorary Doctorate Degree (2001), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003), and a park named after him in Sherwood Park (2017). This year also saw him inducted into the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and the Salute to Excellence 2017 Community Service Hall of Fame.

With all his accomplishments and honours, when asked of his greatest achievement, Belcourt always responded firmly and proudly with “my family.” Herb Belcourt and his wife Lesley have been married for more than 44 years.

MNA offers heartfelt condolences to the Belcourt family on this tremendous loss.

Funeral and Celebration of Life to be held at 10 am Saturday July 22, 2017.

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