Mr. Deer is the Publisher/Editor of The Eastern Door, an award winning, independent newspaper serving the Mohawk community of Kahnawake.
He has been active at the community level for many years in the area of education, recreation and Indigenous rights. He has been involved for 16 years in education as an education counselor, high school principal and co-chairman of the National Indian Education Council in Canada. For the last 20 years he has worked as a political activist and now a newspaper publisher while at the same time being heavily involved in the Indigenous international movement at the United Nations in Geneva.
He has attended all of the meetings of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations since 1987 and almost all of the UN Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since 1995 and other related meetings both here and abroad.
He been invited to many countries in the world by Indigenous Peoples to visit their areas and speak to them about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and UN activities.
Deer was the Chairman/Rapporteur of the UN Workshop on Indigenous Media in New York in December of 2000, one of the first Indigenous persons ever to serve in such a position in the UN. His report can be found on the UN website under the activities of the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Quebec Community Newspapers Association from 1999-2001.
He is also active representing the Indigenous Media Network during the preparations of both UN World Summits on the Information Society in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in November of 2005.