KIM BEAUDIN – NATIONAL VICE-CHIEF, CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
Kim was born in Edson, Alberta, west of Edmonton, Alberta. His late father is Joe Beaudin, who was a citizen of the Métis Nation and his mother Margaret Callihoo, is a descendant of the Callihoo Reserve.
Kim’s Métis roots reach from the Red River in Manitoba all the way to Batoche, Saskatchewan. He is also a descendant of the Callihoo Reserve who signed the treaty in 1876. In 1958, the Michel Band and Indian Reserve 132 were enfranchised. This federal policy was used as a template to apply to reserves all across Canada, however it conflicted with the Canadian Bill of Rights and had to be repealed. Still with a stroke of a pen by the Federal Government, the Callihoo people became the forgotten people so Kim understands what it’s like to be a forgotten Aboriginal person in Canada.
This drives Kim to do the work he does today and he is well-known as an Indigenous political advocate, who has served in both political and administrative capacities with numerous Indigenous peoples’ organizations in Saskatchewan. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work for Indigenous Peoples. As President of the Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples of Saskatchewan for the past 7 years, Kim has raised the profile of a wide range of issues that impact the lives of Métis and Status and non-Status Indians living off reserve. Kim has participated in high-level discussions with the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, and understands how to present issues effectively at the highest level. Kim has worked on Indigenous rights and issues at various governmental tables and will continue to be actively involved in ongoing cases. He is also an outreach worker with the anti-gang initiative “STR8UP, 10 000 Little Step to Healing Inc.” in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.