Dakota Giesbrecht

Manager
The Kwikwetlem First Nation

Dakota grew up in southern Alberta where he graduated high school, and went on to complete the FNMI Pathways Program, where that lead him to complete his second year of heavy duty mechanics and ultimately his diploma in Business while attending Lethbridge College.  During this time, he was highly involved in rodeo, where he created a name for himself within that community.  After college graduation, Dakota returned home to Kwikwetlem First Nation to pursue his career as KFN Enterprises Business Development Manager.  As a young professional Dakota wants to create change.  Business and people are forever changing but sometimes change needs to happen faster and in a more productive way where everyone involved sees the benefits.  Ultimately communities helping one another and working together to see change come to fruition. Take on the challenge that will promote change. This is ultimately why Dakota moved back to his community, to give back and create change to benefit his own and the surrounding communities. When asked what he wants to achieve, ultimately the answer was success, and to be able to look back and realize he did it.  Dakota wants to continue moving forward, however that looks.  Seek opportunities when they arise and just see where they’ll take him, all the while maintaining his integrity.  A destination with no roadmap. When it comes to his professional life, Dakota most enjoys meeting people and networking; learning how others have done things in past and how that lead to their success.  Dakota understands that as a young professional he should listen and learn from others, finding out what worked and what didn’t.  Dakota is willing to take on a challenge to promote change.

As part of that change Dakota understands the importance of mentoring youth, and to engage them in activities on their own, and surrounding communities to create more awareness, and to build that interest in wanting to know more and be more of an active participant. Dakota will often seek out youth to bring them out golfing, fishing, hunting or camping.  Investment in youth is key to our future.

Committee & Board Profile
2017 Board Member for KFN Adult Program
2017 Interim Council member – KFN Chief and Council
2010 Student Council Member

Accolades
2015 Runner up finalist Canadian College Rodeo (CIRA) for steer wrestling
2012-2014 FN Achievement Award
2010 Team Influence Award Scholarship