Councillor Kevin Seesequasis
Kevin Seesequasis is a second-term Councillor with the Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation. He is responsible for:
- Community Development
- Emergency Management
In 2009, Kevin was appointed as a Team Leader with the Government of Alberta (Human Resources) where he worked in concert with Indigenous individuals and organizations to develop the “Effective Aboriginal Recruiting and Retention Strategy” to promote effective recruiting and retention practices of Indigenous people within the Government of Alberta. While studying in Edmonton, he served as the President of the Aboriginal Students’ Association of Grant MacEwan University and is also an out-and-proud, founding member of “InQueeries”- MacEwan’s LGBTQ-S Alliance. In the spring of 2016, he organized the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation Two-Spirit Pride festival – the first of it’s kind held on a First Nation in Saskatchewan!
Kevin served two years on the National Board of Directors of the Liberal Party of Canada and was the National Co-Chair of the party’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission from 2014-2016. His work on the National Board of the party assisted in electing a majority Liberal government in 2015 and the unprecedented election of 9 Indigenous Members of Parliament – the most ever in Canadian history!
In 2015, Kevin retired as a Captain in the Canadian Forces. He was actively involved in the Canadian Cadet Organizations where he worked to develop the leadership potential in youth. He has served in all command, instructional, and support positions at units throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Kevin was instrumental in launching the Military Co-Operative Program at the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation – the first of its kind in Canada! In partnership with the North Saskatchewan Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces, 14 youth enrolled in the program in February of 2017 and began the Basic Military Qualification training course.
Kevin was first elected to Council in March of 2014, and re-elected again in March of 2017. Kevin works to enhance the keen awareness of commUNITY at the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. He tries to be an avid runner (as evidenced now by his ‘Councillor belly’) and currently resides at his home. Kevin is a recipient of the CBC Future40 Award and enjoys reading about leadership and politics.