Speaker Profiles

Chief Darcy Dixon

Chief Darcy Dixon

Bearspaw First Nation

Chief Darcy Dixon is currently serving his eighth term as Chief of the Bearspaw First Nation. He first became Chief in 1998 and served five terms of two years until 2008. He is currently in his second three- year term for the Bearspaw First Nation and Stoney Nation. Previously, Darcy served one term as Councilor before deciding to run for Chief.

Darcy grew up on the Eden Valley Reserve and attended the Longview School; he then graduated from Ponoka High School. Darcy’s Post-Secondary Education was at Mount Royal College (now University) where he earned a Diploma in Social Work. He then went on to act as the Director of Stoney Social Services before entering Politics. He has held many jobs, both for the Nation and with employers off the Reserve.

Darcy serves on many boards on behalf of the Nation and Stoney Tribe, as well as in Treaty 7 and the Alberta region. He was also heavily involved as a panel member in negotiating First Nation Casino Gaming in Alberta.

Darcy is married to Kathy, and has four children and six grandchildren.
Darcy continues to be heavily involved in economic development and community development for the Bearspaw Band and the Stoney Tribe since taking office. He has played a leading role in the construction and operation of the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, Bearspaw Service Centre (Centex and Subway Franchise), Eden Valley Gas Bar, Bearspaw Equestrian Centre and the Bearspaw Youth Centre.

He has also fought to protect Treaty and Aboriginal rights both in the legal arena and in direct discussion with various members and levels of government.

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