Building a more inclusive Canadian workforce

Alfred Dawatsare


For two decades, Alfred Dawatsare has seen immense and positive change for his community of English River First Nation (ERFN). 

Originally from Patunak, Mr. Dawatsare has played a pivotal role in its transformation, with 20 years of experience on ERFN council, including two terms as Chief. 

Mr. Dawatsare’s first responsibility on council was the economic development portfolio; under his leadership, Des Nedhe Development was formed in 1991. From a base of minimal resources and capital at the onset, Des Nedhe has grown into a profitable company with a significant and diverse portfolio of businesses in construction, property development, retail and more.