National Chief


Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée, CD (Ret’d), was re-elected to a second four-year term at the Annual General Assembly in 2012. She is Mi’kmaq, previously serving as Chief of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC) for 13 years.

The National Chief has an extensive background in administration, transportation, business and leadership management. She has served on numerous provincial and national boards and committees dealing with issues of importance to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and is a staunch advocate for employment for women in non-traditional roles as well as for inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.

Joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1979, she served with distinction, having been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and Commendation Formation Level and the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Medal. After her retirement in 1996, she became the Economic Development Officer for Wabanaki Enterprises Inc., an off-reserve economic development corporation.

The National Chief is married, the mother of one son and grandmother to two young boys.