Neal Kewistep

Neal Kewistep

Neal Kewistep


Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS)

Panel: Wednesday, May 4th (AM)

 Indigenous Voices in Education, Justice and Economic Development:  Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

Description: In this session, panelists will share their stories and insights into how our past will help shape the future.


A Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) alumnus and former Interim Director of the Population Public Health (PPH) in the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Neal Kewistep has spent most of his career fostering relationships with government, community-based organizations, Indigenous organizations and educators. As an Executive-in-Residence, he provides added capacity to the school in terms of Indigenous research, facilitating in the Indigenous Leadership Program, and teaching, and collaborates on curriculum development for a new Indigenous Governance graduate certificate. In addition to his time with the provincial health authority, Neal has served as the Director of Operations for the Native Counselling Services of Alberta, as a Community Development Advisor with Yellow Quill First Nation, and has provided consulting services to the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. He has also served as a board member on the Good Food Junction and the Speakerbox Aboriginal Advisory Group, as an advisory committee member for the Saskatoon Community Foundation and the Saskatoon Urban Aboriginal Strategy. In 2017, CBC awarded Mr. Kewistep as one of its “Future 40 under 40” for his work in leading change within the health care system. One of the first Indigenous graduates from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School, Mr. Kewistep holds a Master of Public Administration degree and has a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies from First Nations University of Canada. In addition to his formal education, he counts his traditional training from elders as being as relevant in teaching him the role of a servant leader.