Adjunct Professor, Global Chair
BA Honours (Indigenous Studies), MA (Justice Studies), University of Regina
Office: AH 105
E-mail: [email protected]
Indigenous and minority studies, alternative (Indigenous) justice systems, international development and the justice system.y of Saskatchewan.
Leonzo Barreno was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He obtained his primary and high school education in Guatemala. He came to Saskatchewan in 1989 and studied at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC), where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Indian Studies in 1996.
In 1994, Mr. Barreno was appointed Coordinator of the International Indigenous Programs, a position he held until the end of the program in 1997. During his term as a Coordinator, more than 70 Indigenous young leaders from 20 countries became SIFC students. The international program offered a certificate in International Indigenous Management to those who completed the program. The program was also offered for two years in Costa Rica and one year in Chiapas, Mexico.
Between 1998 and 1999 Mr. Barreno, in consultation with the SIFC Elders and executive, government representatives and Aboriginal youth developed the concept, goal and activities of the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Development Program (AYLDP). In June 2000, Leonzo was appointed Director of the Indigenous Center for International Development (ICID) of the SIFC.
As the head of both the AYLDP and ICID, Mr. Barreno was responsible for creating and implementing Leadership and Traditional programs for local Aboriginal people and to oversee SIFCs International commitments. One of the main programs was the Indigenous Studies and Education program in partnership with the University of Chiapas, Mexico. The program resulted in the creation of a Masters in Indigenous Education in Chiapas where more than 100 students completed the Program. The Degree in Management and Indigenous Self Development is still offered in Chiapas.
Barreno taught the Course “International Indigenous Issues” at SIFC for eight years. He also taught the course Indigenous Philosophy and Religion in the winter of 2002. Barreno obtained his Master of Arts, Justice, in 2011. In 2007, he served briefly as the manager for the Settlement and Integration of refugees and immigrants at the Regina Open Door Society. In 2009 he was the provincial manager for the Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement Agencies.
Beginning in 2003, Barreno served as the Global Chair in Journalism and Aboriginal Affairs for six different terms. In 2011-2012, he was the copyright consultant for the Saskatchewan Institute of Science and Technology (SIAST).
Barreno has given presentations about Indigenous development and Indigenous higher education in several universities and forums in Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico and to the Inter American Development Bank in Washington. He is the author of a study about Higher Education Institutions and Programs for Indigenous people in Latin America. The survey was used as a working document by UNESCOs gathering of international experts in the topic in Guatemala in April 2002. In January 2003 Mr. Barreno was approached by the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Aboriginal People, to participate in a study to examine the issues affecting Aboriginal youth as the Committee aims to develop an “Action Plan for Change” that will benefit Aboriginal youth.
Barreno has also served in several local, national and international boards. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan.