Arnold Blackstar

Arnold Blackstar Leads Strategic Policy and Research

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – The Indigenous Advanced Education & Skills Council (IAESC) is pleased to announce that Arnold Blackstar joins the organization in the leadership position of Director of Strategic Policy and Research.

We are excited to have Mr. Blackstar (LL.B., B.Ed.), who brings with him a wealth of knowledge, and experiences to our work at IAESC. As Director, Arnold will be responsible for providing leadership to the Policy and Research team, as well as strengthening the Executive.

For information or questions related to Policy and Research, please feel free to connect with Arnold Blackstar at or (647)-500-1722.

Together in partnership with communities, we are confident that Arnold’s leadership will continue to evolve the work done at the IAESC.

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Biography in Brief: 

Blackstar earned his bachelor degree in education through the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and bachelor of law degree in 2007.

In 2017-18, Blackstar was the director of Indigenous Education with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Among his responsibilities was the development of policy frameworks and collaborative networks.

Most recently, he was the executive director with the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund.

For the five years prior to that Blackstar, fluent in Cree, Spanish, French and English, was Canada World Youth’s director of Indigenous programs as well as director of education, recruitment, evaluation and reporting.

He was the Moosomin First Nation’s band manager and coordinator of post-secondary education and labour force development 2009-2011. Blackstar was the University of Saskatchewan research services contract officer 2008-09.

For the 10 years previous to that, he was regional manager of RCMP Aboriginal Policing Directorate (1997-2007).

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