Nathaniel Arcand

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Nathaniel Arcand
BornNathaniel Arcand
(1971-11-13) November 13, 1971 (age 47)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Spouse(s)Jolene Arcand.

Nathaniel Arcand (born November 13, 1971) is a Native Canadian actor. He was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He is Nēhilawē (Plains Cree), from the Alexander First Nation Reserve.[1] Essential supports throughout his life are Nathaniel's mother and his great grandparents. Nathaniel has one daughter, Trisha, and two sons, Jaden and Griffin.[2]. Griffin is also an actor[3].

Nathaniel is well known for his first major role in the Canadian drama series North of 60, in which he played, for three seasons, William MacNeil, smart-mouthed and cocky, a troubled, misunderstood teen.[4] In 1997, he was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series" for the North of 60 episode "Traces and Tracks."[5]

One of Arcand's most recent roles is that of Scott Cardinal on the CBC series Heartland.[1] Also in television, Nathaniel portrays Victor Merasty on Blackstone, "an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics" set in a small Plains Cree community.[6] In one of his latest film roles, Arcand portrays Nathan in the comedic drama Two Indians Talking, which won the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Canadian Film Award.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
2010 Two Indians Talking Nathan
2006 Pathfinder Wind in Tree
2005 Elektra Ninja #1
2004 BIGFOOT, The Unknown Territory John Eagleheart
2005 From Cherry English Traylor Short film
2003 Black Cloud Jimmy
2003 Ginger Snaps Back Hunter
2002 Skins Young Mogie
2001 Virtual Insanity Daniel Short film
2001 American Outlaws Comanche Tom
1999 Grey Owl Ned White Bear Based on a true story
2001 Speaking of Sex Calvin
2000 The Doe Boy Junior
1999 Chasing Indigo Tom
1999 My Brother Billy Short film
1998 The Legend of Two Path Wanchese
1996 Crazy Horse Little Hawk Based on a true story
Stone Coats Lil Crow Not released
1994 Savage Land Tree Climber


Year Film Role Notes
2017 Supernatural Derek Swan Season 13, Episode 9: "The Bad Place"
2017 Bull Makya "Mack" Begally Season 2, Episode 5: "Play the Hand You're Dealt"
2013 Arctic Air Bruce Ward Season 2, 5 episodes "Bombs Away", "Open Season", "There's Gold in Them Thar Hills", "Hell Hath No Fury", "Ts'inada",
2012 Longmire Avo Pilot
2011 Blackstone Victor Merasty Season 1, 9 episodes: "Future, What Future?", "A New Beginning", "White Bread Red Class", "Suffer the Children", "Ditch Monkey", "Daddy's Home", "Bingo Night", "Push Pull Twist Turn", "Time's Up" Relevant content to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
2007–present Heartland Scott Cardinal 12 episodes: "Coming Together", "Nothing Endures", "Thicker Than Water", "Born to Run", "Ghost From the Past", "Coming Home", "After the Storm", "Best Laid Plans", "One Trick Pony", "Come What May", and "Out of the Darkness".
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Jimmy Season 2, Episode 12: "Werewolves"
2007 Moose TV Clifford Matthew
2007 Montana Sky Adam Wolfchild
2006 Northern Town Georgee
Clean Fight Trevor
2005 Johnny Tootall
2005 Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story Paramedic
2005 Da Vinci's City Hall Cage Season 1, "Isn't Very Pretty But You Can Smoke It" (episode 3), "One Man, Two Jobs" (episode 4), "Put Down the Hose, Pick Up a Gun" (episode 5)
2005 Into The West Brings Horse
2004 Smallville Jeremiah Holdsclaw Season 3, episode "Talisman"
Dreamkeeper Broken Lance
2002 Wildfire7: The Inferno Red
2003 Da Vinci's Inquest Vern Walker
2003 The Lone Ranger Tonto
100 Days in the Jungle A Navajo from Utah
2002 Before We Ruled the Earth
Jeremiah Shashona Episode "Man of Iron, Woman Under Glass"
Caitlin's Way Deputy Garth Crowchild
Grandpa and Me Grandpa Short film
1996 Due South David Episode "The Mask"
1994–1997 North of 60 William MacNeil

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Best Supporting Actor, American Indian Film Festival 2005 for Johnny Tootall[8]
  • Performing Arts Award, Aboriginal Role Models of Alberta 2006[9]
  • Best Actor Nomination, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival 2010 for Two Indians Talking[10]
  • Best Actor Nomination, American Indian Motion Picture 2010 for Two Indians Talking[10]


Nathaniel Arcand is a lead character in both the film Two Indians Talking by director Sara McIntyre and in the television series Blackstone. In both the film and the television series he shares the screen with two of the same actors: Carmen Moore and Justin Rain.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Nathaniel Arcand". Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Biography". Nathaniel Arcand Official Fansite. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Griffin Powell-Arcand - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nathaniel Arcand". Native Threads. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Awards for "North of 60"". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "About Blackstone". Blackstone Cycle III Ltd. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "AWARDS ANNOUNCED VIFF 2010". Vancouver International Film Festival. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Festivals Archive". Native Networks. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Nathaniel Arcand". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Two Indians Talking". Kiss Dust Pictures. Archived from the original on September 24, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Cast of Two Indians Talking". Kiss Dust Pictures. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011.

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