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In October 2019, Sydney Lee Halcrow was appointed as the Chief of Kapawe`no First Nation by former (late) Chief Frank T. Halcrow Sr.


Sydney is a man of many traits and has vast experience in numerous areas. He is a strong advocate of Self-governance, extremely advisable when it comes to First Nation economics amongst many other topics.  


Dating back to his early years, he worked his way through the oil and gas field. Starting from rigs, to becoming the #1 mine rescue team for Syncrude. This was determined through competitions with other Canadian Mines. He was with them for 15 years.

During one of his shift changes, he traveled back home as he did many times, he was asked to stay and help build what we now know as Kapawe`no First Nation.


Sydney formally accepted the Councilor position in November of 1984. Since then, he has contributed to a number of programs, initiatives, committees, boards, and events. He also fostered and built relationships on all levels (locally, nationally, internationally), among many other duties and responsibilities that are associated with leadership of the First Nation. Just to mention a few that he was instrumental in establishing solid foundations with some that still exist:


  • Kapawe`no First Nation Governance – policies and procedures, emergency response plan

  • Kapawe`no First Nation – Narrows Cultural Resort

  • Kapawe`no First Nation – Health Centre, Licensed Daycare, Head-start

  • Kapown Rehabilitation Centre

  • Lesser Slave Lake Lakeshore Police Services

  • Joint Venture Agreements with Sawridge First Nation

  • Iyiniwok Consultation Referral and Coordination Centre (ICRCC)

  • ICRCC Consultation-Traditional Use-Environment Camps

  • Treaty 8 Centennial (1999) committee

  • Treaty 8 Elders and Youth Gatherings

  • Treaty 8 Board of Chiefs

  • Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council - Board of Chiefs

  • Multiple First Nation Relationships


Sydney’s education background consists of grade 10, pre-welding courses, pre-automotive courses, school of Hard Knox for 35 years, and more recently, Banff Centre courses on Indigenous Leadership.


When Syd is not devoting his time to the above, you can find him either, at home with his kids/grandkids or catching one of their hockey games, on the Lake or at Narrows, hunting, traveling or golfing depending on the season.

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