Biography of Milton Tootoosis, BA, PAED
(nehiyaw-pwat from Poundmaker Indian Reserve #114, Treaty Six)
Milton Tootoosis was raised on the Poundmaker Indian Reserve near Cut Knife, SK in Treaty Six Territory. Milton is a descendant of John Tootoosis Sr, a son of Yellowmud Blanket who was a brother to Poundmaker the legend. He attended the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, now the First Nations University of Canada, in Regina in the early 1980’s. He is a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED) by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). Over the past thirty-five years Tootoosis has served for the First Nations University, in the provincial and federal government organizations, Saskatchewan Crown corporations and the tribal system. He has been a board member of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. for over a decade and had the opportunity to travel internationally for the World Indigenous Business Forum network. Milton has been a student of Nation Rebuilding – The Harvard Project and the Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona. He has been an activist for effective governance and policy for his First Nation for twenty years plus. He has been spending a lot of time with traditional knowledge keepers and doing his own comparative research of the best practices in Indian country. He worked for the National Centre for First Nations Governance briefly and was the Director of Livelihood and Economic Independence for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in Saskatchewan from 2008 to 2018. Milton just recently completed his four year term as a Headman for the Poundmaker Cree Nation. He resides in Saskatoon with his wife Shelly. He has three grown children and two grandchildren. He is the sole proprietor of MGT Consulting.