Profile Series: Reginald Bellerose

Profile, Aboriginal Futures, Joseph Quesnel

To Chief Reginald Bellerose, 49, of Muskowekwan First Nation in southern Saskatchewan , the wave of the future belongs to Indigenous entrepreneurship.

“Our entrepreneurial spirit has been dormant. We must re-ignite that spirit,” said Bellerose, the 13-year chief of the
small Anishinaabe community on Treaty 4 territory. For him, the key is changes to laws that will unleash Indigenous community potential, as well as changing attitudes within Indigenous communities, in governments, and among business investors.

The long-time elected political leader has been promoting business development and community self-reliance for
so long that he deserves to be called a business leader in his own right. With his grandfather and uncle serving as
chiefs of Muskowekwan and Kawacatoose respectively (a neighbouring First Nation) in the past, Bellerose said he has, “100 years of leadership in his blood.”

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