Tara Kappo is a nîhiyaw’skwew of the sakâwiyiniwak from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 8. She is the daughter of Margaret Kappo and the late Harold Cardinal (Sucker Creek First Nation, Treaty 8) and the traditionally-adopted daughter of Harvey and Lorraine Raine (Smallboy Camp, Treaty 6).
Tara is an alumnus of the University of Alberta from which she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Native Studies), a Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership, and a Master of Arts (Native Studies). She was also awarded the inaugural Chancellor’s Medal in Leadership from the University of Alberta in 2015. Her academic endeavors were grounded in the lifelong learning she’s received from her family around nîhiyaw (Cree) lifeways, governance and law, and Treaty rights and responsibilities. She considers these teachings as the impetus, as well, for involvement in various areas, such as serving as a volunteer member of the Walking With Our Sisters National Collective, and her current work with Treaty 8 Urban Child and Family Services where she is contributing to the development of a Treaty 8 collective child well-being law.