Harold Tarbell is a member of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, a First Nation/American Indian community located in Ontario, Quebec, and New York State. He served as the Tribal Chief on the U.S. portion of Akwesasne from 1987 to 1990.

Prior to founding his own consulting company, Harold developed extensive experience working with Aboriginal and First Nations organizations in both the U.S. and Canada at the local, regional, and national levels. Harold has served as the multicultural coordinator for the North American Indian Traveling College, land claims researcher for the Union of Ontario Indians, parliamentary liaison with the Assembly of First Nations, director of the National Aboriginal Management Board, executive director of Buffy Sainte Marie's Cradleboard Teaching Project, and chief of staff to the Assembly of First Nations' National Chief Ovide Mercredi during the Charlottetown Canadian Constitutional Negotiations. This experience gives him comprehensive experience with cultural, technical, and political issues related to Indigenous nations.

At the start of his career, Harold found that his university studies in the field of sociology allowed him to gain perspective about his home community and the role of Indigenous people in society. This perspective inspired him to work in areas that advance the participation of Indigenous people in all aspects of today's society while maintaining their cultural identity. Facilitation is another way of helping groups have an effective voice, and Harold has developed his consulting company with a special emphasis on supporting everyone's ability to hear the voices of Indigenous peoples.

Featured Project

Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Economic Development Conference

Harold served as the master of ceremonies for the Aboriginal Entrepreneur's Economic Development Conference in 2011 and is scheduled to do so again in 2012. The 2-day conference examines the impact of federal policy and programs as well as successes within Aboriginal economic development and encourages the ongoing development of Aboriginal entrepreneurship across the country. The conference was convened to further the implementation of the Canadian government's Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development.

This is one of many economic development-related projects with which Harold Tarbell Facilitation has experience. Other key economic activities include development of the Anishinabek Nation/Union of Ontario Indians Regional Economic Development Strategy, the 2004 Sectoral Roundtable on Economic Development, and the Comprehensive Community Planning course and workshop being offered through the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada.