Peter Decontie

Elder Peter Decontie is the husband of Yvette, father of four, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of one. He is the sacred fire keeper for the Algonquin nation of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. When Quebec provincial law prevented him from being able to access traditional Algonquin territory, he resisted by arguing for Algonquin rights, and, along with others, took the case to the Supreme Court of Canada (1983 to 1996), allowing him to continue to pass on traditional knowledge to younger generations. He is a strong supporter of carrying on Algonquin traditions and continually shares his teachings and prayers with others. He is a fluent speaker of his language, Anishinabemowin, and advocates for First Nations’ language rights, cultural revitalization, and the protection of Mother Earth.