Nathaniel Arcand
Born (1971-11-13) November 13, 1971 (age 52)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active1994–present
SpouseJolene Arcand

Nathaniel Arcand (born November 13, 1971) is a Canadian actor. He is known for his first major role in the Canadian drama series North of 60, in which for three seasons he played William MacNeil, smart-mouthed and cocky, a troubled, misunderstood teen.[1] 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."[2]

Life and career

He was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He is Nēhilawē (Plains Cree), from the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.[3] Essential supports throughout his life are Nathaniel's mother and his great grandparents.[clarification needed] Nathaniel has one daughter, Trisha O'Chiese, and two sons, Jaden Plaizier and Griffin Powell-Arcand.[4] Griffin is also an actor.[5]

Arcand's most recent role is Mato Summerhill in My Life with the Walter Boys, a Netflix TV Series. One of Arcand's longest running roles is that of Scott Cardinal on the CBC series Heartland.[3] 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
1994 Savage Land Tree Climber
1996 Stone Coats Lil Crow Not released
1996 Crazy Horse Little Hawk Based on a true story
1998 The Legend of Two Path Wanchese
1999 My Brother Billy Short film
1999 Chasing Indigo Tom
2000 The Doe Boy Junior
2001 Speaking of Sex Calvin
1999 Grey Owl Ned White Bear Based on a true story
2001 American Outlaws Comanche Tom
2001 Virtual Insanity Daniel Short film
2002 Skins Young Mogie
2003 Ginger Snaps Back Hunter
2003 Black Cloud Jimmy
2005 From Cherry English Traylor Short film
2004 BIGFOOT, The Unknown Territory John Eagleheart
2005 Elektra Ninja #1
2006 Pathfinder Wind in Tree
2010 Two Indians Talking Nathan
2017 Dead Again in Tombstone Bull Dog
2019 Cold Pursuit Smoke
2020 Monkey Beach Albert
2020 Indian Road Trip Billy
2021 Portraits from a Fire Gord


Year Film Role Notes
1994-1997 North of 60 William MacNeil
1996 Due South David Episode "The Mask"
2002 Grandpa and Me Grandpa Short film
2002 Caitlin's Way Deputy Garth Crowchild
2002 Jeremiah Shashona Episode "Man of Iron, Woman Under Glass"
2002 Before We Ruled the Earth
2003 100 Days in the Jungle A Navajo from Utah
2003 The Lone Ranger Tonto
2003 Da Vinci's Inquest Vern Walker
2002 Wildfire7: The Inferno Red
2004 Dreamkeeper Broken Lance
2004 Smallville Jeremiah Holdsclaw Season 3, episode "Talisman"
2005 Into The West Brings Horse
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 Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story Paramedic
2005 Johnny Tootall
2006 Clean Fight Trevor
2006 Northern Town Georgee
2007 Montana Sky Adam Wolfchild
2007 Moose TV Clifford Matthew
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Jimmy Season 2, Episode 12: "Werewolves"
2007–2019, 2021 Heartland Scott Cardinal Main role seasons 1–4; Recurring role seasons 5–11, 15
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
2012 Longmire Avo Pilot
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",
2017 Frontier Wahush Season 2, 3 episodes: "The Wolf and the Bear", "Cannonball", "Return of the Wolf"
2017 Bull Makya "Mack" Benally Season 2, Episode 5: "Play the Hand You're Dealt"
2017 Supernatural Derek Swan Season 13, Episode 9: "The Bad Place"
2019 FBI Special Agent Clinton Skye Guest Role
2019 Black Summer Governale Recurring Role
2020-2021 FBI: Most Wanted Special Agent Clinton Skye Main Role 17 Episodes
2023-present My Life with the Walter Boys Mato Summerhill Recurring Role
2024 Avatar: The Last Airbender Chief Arnook [8]

Awards and recognition

  • Best Supporting Actor, American Indian Film Festival 2005 for Johnny Tootall[9]
  • Performing Arts Award, Aboriginal Role Models of Alberta 2006[10]
  • Best Actor Nomination, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival 2010 for Two Indians Talking[11]
  • Best Actor Nomination, American Indian Motion Picture 2010 for Two Indians Talking[11]


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.[12]


  1. ^ "Nathaniel Arcand". Native Threads. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Awards for "North of 60"". IMDb. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Nathaniel Arcand". Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Biography". Nathaniel Arcand Official Fansite. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Griffin Powell-Arcand - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  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. ^ Williams, Caleb (August 20, 2022). "Meegwun Fairbrother & Nathaniel Arcand Join Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' as Avatar Kuruk & Chief Arnook". Knight Edge Media. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "Festivals Archive". Native Networks. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Nathaniel Arcand". Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Two Indians Talking". Kiss Dust Pictures. Archived from the original on September 24, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "Cast of Two Indians Talking". Kiss Dust Pictures. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011.

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