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Dr. Bonita Beatty

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative; Department Head of Indigenous Studies, University of Saskatchewan

    Full Biography

    Bonita Beatty is from northern Saskatchewan and a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, specializing in First Nations governance, policymaking, and delivery of public services, particularly health services. She joined the Indigenous Studies faculty in 2007 and was an undergraduate chair with the department of Indigenous Studies. She was a founding member of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a graduate chair of its masters in northern governance program. Her background includes extensive community development, governance and management work experience. Prior to 2007, she was an Executive Director of Health and Social Development for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and former Executive Director of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services. She was also a senior policy analyst on northern issues with the provincial government, Saskatchewan Indian and Metis Affairs Secretariat.