Pierrot Ross-Tremblay is Essipiunnu (Innu Essipit or "Human of the Brooke Shells River"). Sociologist, jurist and committed researcher, he holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Essex in Great Britain. His work focuses on memory and forgetting, the revitalization of intellectual and legal traditions and the self-determination of the first peoples. His first book, Thou Shall Forget: Indigenous Sovereignty, Resistance and the Production of Cultural Oblivion in Canada (University of London Press, forthcoming 2019), is the result of 10 years of work in his home community. This work documents the Essipiunnuat resistance struggle during the salmon war in the 1980s as well as contemporary phenomena of psychological colonialism and cultural oblivion. He is also a poet - Nipimanitu (The Spirit of Water), his first collection of poetry, has won, together with Josephine Bacon, the Indigenous Voices Awards 2019 for the best work of poetry published in French.
In January 2020, he will become a professor at the University of Ottawa's Indigenous Research and Studies Institute. He was previously chair of the Sociology Department at Laurentian University. He has previously worked for various Canadian and international organizations including Guatemala's Presidential Human Rights Commission and was as an observer in the reparo process led by President Jimmy Carter in Venezuela and at the Forum of Federations in Ottawa. He worked as a Research Officer at the Center de la Francophonie in the Americas and at the Nikanite First Nations Center and was a federal public servant. He is regularly sought out by media for his expertise on the First Peoples in Canada.