Dakota House: Empowering Speaker & Role Model

Dakota was born in Manning, Alberta and grew up in an inner-city neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta.  He learned many of life's lessons the hard way and devotes much of his time to educating youth on motivation, self-esteem and making positive choices.  

Dakota makes keynote presentations and facilitates youth conferences and other special events.  He has travelled across Canada extensively, bringing hope and inspiration to  youth for over ten years.  Dakota is a father of four and devotes his spare time to helping youth.  His many talents include holding a Black Belt in the Hapkido martial art, and has written his first children's book called, "Dancers In the Sky".  Furthermore, he also produced a pilot project entitled "St. Joe’s Academy”, which aired on APTN in 1998.

This popular young actor is best known for his role as Tee Vee Tenia on the CBC television series "North of 60”. Dakota has starred in three feature films and made numerous guest star appearances in shows such as "X-Files”.  Dakota has received nominations for a Gemini Award, AMPIA Award and a YTV Award.  He received a Best Actor award from the 1998 Dreamspeakers Aboriginal Film Festival.  He also carried the leading role in a number of North of 60 movies, for which he has earned critical acclaim.  

He also won the 2003 AMPIA Award for Best Actor and was nominated again in 2004 for North of 60 - Distant Drumming. Dakota's acting abilities soon got noticed south of the border.  He was cast in the lead role of "The Creator's Game”, a movie that was filmed in Utah and produced by American International Media.  Shortly thereafter, he was cast in another movie starring Michael Ironside, which was released in the summer of 1999.

Dakota then played a starring role in a CTV show called "Legends” in which he played the role of Andrew. This role was perfect for him as he portrayed a native youth struggling to preserve his culture in his daily life. The character, Andrew, had a life strikingly similar to Dakota's-full of challenges and peer pressure. Dakota drew from these life experiences to enhance his performance. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.

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