Stats Canada predicts that by 2036, one in five people in Saskatchewan will be Indigenous. We joined Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) President & CEO Riel Bellegarde to discuss: the opportunities and challenges ahead to close the education and wage gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, what that means for our economy, and how after 40 years in operation SIIT is well positioned to help.
Riel Bellegarde is a proud member of Treaty Four and the Peepeekisis First Nation. He is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Whittmore School of Business and Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Riel is currently President & CEO of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He started his career with the Peepeekisis First Nation and subsequently with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. He joined the Federal Public Service in 1994 and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 1997. He was then appointed to the Executive Group in 1999 and has held several executive positions across diverse portfolios. In March 2003 he was appointed to the senior executive position of Regional Director General, Saskatchewan Region.