National Chief Ghislain Picard
Mr. Ghislain Picard is Innu from the community of Pessamit. Between 1976 and 1989, he dedicated most of his time in the area of communications. He was responsible for communications and media relations for the Conseil Atikamekw Montagnais (CAM). He published a periodical called « Tepatshimuwin » intended for Atikamekw and Innu communities.
At the beginning of the 80’s, Mr. Picard was President of the Quebec Native Friendship Centre. In 1983, he was very active in implementing a network of community radio stations for his nation. He is one of the founding members of the Société de communication atikamekw et montagnaise (SOCAM). SOCAM produces radio shows in Aboriginal languages.
In the middle of the 80’s, Mr. Picard participated in a UNESCO international study on the role of communications in rural communities.
After he was appointed Vice-President of the CAM in 1989, he was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) in 1992. He has been the AFNQL Regional Chief since then. As Regional Chief, he sat on the Assembly of First Nations’ Executive Committee at the national level as a spokesperson for the Education, Aboriginal Languages, Health and International Issues portfolios. On July 15, 2014 in Halifax, the Chiefs in Assembly unanimously appointed him National Chief, until the election in December 2014.
On October 28, 2003, Mr. Picard received the National Order of Québec. On January 24, 2005, he received the distinguished insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the Consul Général de France.