Emmett MacLeod graduated high school in Mistissini, and graduated Algonquin College in 2002 with two diplomas, civil engineering technology and construction building technician. He started working in 2002 for the Cree Nation of Mistissini as land registrar for 1 year. Then he moved on to the Cree Nation Government’s technical branch called the Cree Regional Authority (CRA) from 2003 to 2010. In 2010, Emmett became the Director of Municipal Services for the Cree Nation of Mistissini and still today holds that position. Emmett has four young kids and a wife who works for the Cree school board.