Keestin O’Dell is a student engagement advisor at kihêw waciston, MacEwan University’s Indigenous Centre. In this role, he travels to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Western Canada to discuss the university experience, offer information on MacEwan’s programs and build relationships with students and organizations. Keestin shares his own experience at MacEwan, having graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and his passion for Indigenous topics, knowledge and research.
Throughout his degree, Keestin drew from both his traditional knowledge and formal post-secondary training, working on many undergraduate projects focused on identity, media, families and masculinity. He is from Frog Lake First Nation (puskiakiwenin 122 and unipouheos 121) and his heritage is Irish and nehiyaw (Cree).