We Are All Treaty People

Gary LaPlante

Gary LaPlante is a Plains Cree-speaking member of Moosomin First Nation of Treaty 6.

A husband, father, and grandfather, he holds a traditional education and background deriving from his uncles and other elders back home. In addition, he achieved a BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan and a small business college diploma. Gary’s varied work experience includes liaison and advocacy for Indigenous peoples’ interests with business, government, and industry. He has extensive board governance experience, having served on behalf of his tribal council on the then Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations’ Indian Government Commission and other FSIN boards, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, the First Nations University of Canada, and as an alternate to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Boards of Governors.

He has served with various committees of the Liberal Party of Canada including as co-chair of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission. Gary has worked in media, publishing three different Indigenous newspapers, as correspondent for a weekly Aboriginal television news program, and was a member of the National Aboriginal Communications Society. He has performed much political liaison work for and with numerous entities including Battlefords Tribal Council, BTC First Nations, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Oil, Gas, and Pipeline corporations, Assembly of First Nations, National Congress of American Indians, the Liberal Party of Canada, Government of Canada and, most consistently and presently, for Moosomin First Nation. Currently, Gary is a member of the Natural Resources Canada – Indigenous Advisory Monitoring Committee L3RP.

Advocacy has included work with Indigenous Survival International on behalf of Indigenous hunters and trappers countering animal rights campaigns and, close to his heart, ongoing work on behalf of his ancestors toward reconciliation and restorative justice for Stoney Knoll First Nation of Treaty 6. Gary’s grandchildren now number over fifteen with the most recent one arriving on October 18, 2018.


The Treaties: Treaty History, Treaty Relationship, Treaty Responsibilities, Spirit and Intent of Treaty

The Indian Act: History of the Indian Act, Negative Implications, Indian Residential Schools, Current Issues

Indigenous Culture: Worldview, Language Systems, Tribal/Nation Systems, Pre-Contact History, Colonial Decimation of Culture, Cultural Resilience