Chief Christian Sinclair

The Pas, MB, Canada
Chief, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Speaker Year | Vancouver 2018

Christian Sinclair is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN). He graduated from Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (MBCI) in 1988 and then went on to serve in the Canadian military from 1988 to 1995, participating in tours of duty in Cyprus (1990 Recon) and Somalia (1992-93 Special Forces).

He was the co-founder of the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games and the General Manager for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. The event was the most successful NAIG ever hosted and ended with a surplus of over $1.3 million. Today, there is a scholarship program, accessible to Manitoba’s Aboriginal youth, as a result of the legacy planning from the 2002 NAIG.

In 2002, Christian began working in the corporate sector with aboriginal groups across Canada, focusing on corporate development and positioning for major natural resource projects related to hydro, mining and oil and gas. In 2003, Christian was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Christian went on to complete a Masters in Project Management Certificate, from the University of Winnipeg and Negotiations and Leadership training program, from the Harvard Law School. He also incorporates traditional knowledge and practices from the people he has worked with and ensures that he balances this into his work.

In 2013, Christian made a career change to work as an independent business advisor. With a wealth of organizational knowledge, experience earned on the battlefield and proven in the corporate boardroom and First Nation Council Chambers, Christian Sinclair is a highly sought after negotiator and project manager for both Indigenous communities and mainstream corporations seeking to engage in major resource development. He is able to effectively bridge the needs and goals of industry and traditional land rights holders into mutually beneficial win-win opportunities for sustainable prosperity and lasting business partnerships for all involved and for future generations.

In 2016, Christian Sinclair was elected as Onekanew (Chief) for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Since then, Onekanew Christian Sinclair has been appointed as one of the co-chairs of a task force created to lead the process of implementing the Manitoba government’s Northern Economic Development Strategy. He co-chairs the One North consortium in Manitoba that will be a key stakeholder in the ownership of the rail line from OCN to Churchill. Onekanew Sinclair sits as a Director for National Cannabis Corporation, the first deal of its kind on the TSX. Christian was recently appointed to the National Lands Advisory Board, as the representative for Manitoba.