Riel Bellegarde is a proud member of Treaty Four and the Peepeekisis First Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. He is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Whittmore School of Business and Economics, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Riel started his
career with the Peepeekisis First Nation and subsequently with the File Hills
Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. He joined the Federal Public Service in 1994 and
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 1997. He was then appointed to the
Executive Group in 1999 and has held several executive positions across diverse
portfolios, including Director, North Central District, Director, Economic
Development, Acting Associate Regional Director General, and Acting Regional
Director General. In March 2003, he was appointed to the senior executive
position of Regional Director General, Saskatchewan Region.
Riel is married with two children.