Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sidney Klassen attended the University of Winnipeg, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Education specializing in outdoor education and land-based learning. While he was a student, Sidney served on the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association and volunteered with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Aboriginal arts program, delivering theatre programming to inner-city students.
As an environmentalist and educator, Sidney has worked alongside local Elders in the Manitoba First Nations School System to develop land-based learning curriculum. He currently serves on the board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Manitoba chapter. Sidney has run sled dog teams throughout northern Canada, and enjoys backcountry canoe and hiking trips in the Canadian Shield.
Sidney currently teaches physical education and land-based learning at Miskooseepi School in Bloodvein, Manitoba. He previously taught in the Frontier School Division in Churchill. As a teacher, Sidney believes all children deserve a quality education, no matter where they live.
Sidney lives in Bloodvein with his pet dog, Vicki, and his sled dogs Apple, Anna, Josephine, Taya, Edward, and Zach.