Chautauqua Keynote Speakers
Friday, June 15th
Residential Schools, 1:15 p.m. - Remington Carriage Museum
Dexter graduated from the Lethbridge Community College with diplomas in General Agriculture and Financial Management. He was awarded a Rodeo Scholarship to attend The College of Southern Idaho and compete on the very competitive and well-known Rodeo Team. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Agra Business and returned to Canada in 1991.
After a few short employment contracts Dexter began work with the Federal Government in what was then known as Man Power and now called Service Canada. He dedicated 18 years of service to the general public as an Employment Insurance Agent and was elected to two national committees and appointed to the Canadian Labor Congress. During this time there were many requests from Blood Tribe members to enter into politics to serve his people.
Dexter was elected to the Blood Tribe Council in 2008 and served two consecutive terms through 2016. As a councilor, he spent four years on the Tribe’s economic development pillar, where he became the Chairman of the Blood Tribe’s Kainai Resources Inc., Co-President of Kainai Energy, Board Member of the Indian Resource Council of Canada and Co-Chair of the Savanna Energy/Blood Tribe joint partnership. He strongly states that the connection between First Nations and Mother Earth must never be ignored. Failing to do so can result in damages to all involved while pursuing energy extraction.
Dexter has been married for 18 years to Trish and they have four wonderful boys, one who is now married and has given them two grandchildren. Dexter has shown a very deep passion for youth and being a role model in the community by volunteering as a Boxing Coach for 13 years. He continues to provide insight to the effects of the Indian Residential School on the generations after. This has been expressed through a music video, which is currently on YouTube.
Currently Dexter is the President of the Canadian Indian Relay Racing Association and is a full time student at the University of Lethbridge pursuing a degree in Addictions Counseling.
Archaeological Finds at St. Mary Reservoir, 2:00 p.m. - Remington Carriage Museum
As a prehistory enthusiast with the privilege of having a fossil named after him (Cardstonia tolmanii - officially making him an old fossil) and passion for archaeology, Shayne has stumbled upon some of the most significant prehistoric finds in the Cardston area including the internationally significant Wally’s Beach Site which has produced the first ever occurrence of Wooly Mammoth and other extinct animals tracks and trackways as well as the bones of extinct caribou, muskoxen, bison, sabertooth cat, horses and even camels. To better understand what he, his kids, and very patient wife, Linda, were finding, Shayne enrolled in a Master of Science degree at the University of Calgary eventually becoming one of four principle investigators of the Wallys Beach site. Of particular international interest is the evidence found on site that humans were hunting both the extinct horses and extinct camels - both North American firsts.
Currently Shayne is working in partnership with Grant Tolley in a start up business called eARTh Initiatives geared exclusively toward creating a museum to display the diverse findings of our local heritage and celebrate our local identity by including the stories of how the community - in particular students at the various schools in Cardston have contributed to these one-of-a-kind discoveries. Having taught school in Cardston for 33 years, it’s seems natural that his passion for the prehistoric past would be incorporated into as much of the fabric of learning as he could possibly get away with.