Gilbert Kewistep

Elder, Knowledge Keeper, and Residential School Survivor, First Nations University of Canada

Gilbert Kewistep is from the Saulteaux/Nakaway Linguistic group in central Saskatchewan and is originally from the Yellowquill First Nation. He currently resides in the city of Saskatoon and is the proud father of four daughters and five sons. He is also very rich and blessed with many grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A survivor of both the residential school system and Sixties Scoop, Gilbert has successfully completed his Bachelor of Indian Social Work and his Masters of Aboriginal Social Work degrees through the First Nations University of Canada, which is affiliated through the University of Regina. He is also a faculty member in the Social Work department at the First Nations University of Canada and also an Elder’s board member of this university.

Gilbert has also collaborated with the City of Saskatoon on several projects that include the Chief Mistawasis Bridge Naming, Reconciliation Saskatoon, and other speaking engagements. He also recently accepted a position with the Saskatchewan Health Authority as a cultural advisor. Gilbert also assists with many Reconciliation projects with various agencies in Saskatoon.