Robert Breaker was born and raised on the Siksika Nation in traditional Blackfoot Territory within southern Alberta. He attended the University of Calgary, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Education in 1976. Following his graduation he began his career with 18 years as an educator in Alberta and Saskatchewan, fulfilling his roles of teacher, vice-principal, principal, and education director.
With the establishment of his own consulting company, Breaker & Associates Consultants Ltd. (1992), he facilitated educational and management services for First Nations’ communities throughout western Canada. From 1993 to 1996 he served as the Executive Director of the Yellowhead Tribal Council in Treaty 6 Territory in Alberta. He served as a ‘Treaty 6 Bilateral Process’ technician. Returning to Siksika Nation, he was elected Chief of Siksika Nation. He actively participated in the Treaty 7 Bilateral Process. He held the Education Portfolio for Treaty 7 Tribal Council and served on the Chief’s Summit of Alberta Steering Committee.
In 1998, Breaker became the Aboriginal Leadership and Management Program Director at The Banff Centre and developed/delivered programs he assisted in designing for the professional development of Aboriginal leaders and managers within Canada. In December 2002, he was hired as the Tribal Manager for the 6,000-member Siksika Nation. In his role, Breaker was responsible for managing an $85 million budget with more that 650 staff.
He is currently a private consultant in strategic and business planning, performance measures, team building, board development, and policy development. He is a certified strategic planner, facilitator, mediator and arbitrator. Breaker currently serves on Sunrise Native Addictions Society Board of Directors and Peoples with Development Disabilities Appeal Panel (Alberta). He was a former member of the Auditor General of Canada First Nation Advisory Committee and The Banff Centre Board of Governors. Breaker and his wife Audrey have four children and fourteen grandchildren. He is a partner in the Breaker Brothers’ farm operation and operates a family cow/calf ranch. [Source: The Banff Centre]