Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

Nasser Dean Chalifoux was born in High Prairie, Alberta. At age three, he was taken from his mother Joyce, of the Driftpile Cree Nation, and placed in foster care by Alberta family and social services. He was a ward of the government until the age of 18.

After finishing his studies in psychology and sociology at Grant MacEwan Community College, Nasser worked for many years as a bicycle messenger in downtown Edmonton, and in 2002 started a successful independent bicycle courier service.

When Nasser married his wife Samantha, he sold the courier business and they relocated to greener pastures on an undeveloped 24-acre piece of land in north-east Saskatchewan to start a family and build a sustainable, off-grid homestead.

Now, after 15 years and with two daughters, they continue to work hard to maintain a sustainable way of living, which includes meeting all electrical needs from wind and solar.