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The Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary: the Elders and Indigenous youth that guide our journey, our board of directors, and the many volunteers and committee members make up the Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary.
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Dr. Crowshoe, a former Chief of the Piikani Nation, is also a regular lecturer at academic institutions like the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge and was influential in the development of the education program at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. He also co-authored the book Akak’stiman which explores Indigenous concepts of justice and sentencing circles.
Dr. Reg Crowshoe and Rose Crowshoe are honoured Blackfoot Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers. Together they have been advisors for many committees with national, provincial, and local scopes focusing on work with Elders, youth, culture and the environment. They are both instrumental in the development of the upcoming Indigenous Gathering Place of Calgary.
Born and raised on the Blood Reserve, Blackfoot Confederacy, Southern Alberta, Elder Doreen is a member of the Kainai Nation, Blood Tribe having made her home in Calgary since the mid 1960s. She has been instrumental with her knowledge, experience and professional endeavours in areas such as Tribal Councils, post-secondary institutions, government and private industry. She is the current Resident Elder for the Alberta Energy Regulator.
John Fischer is the Director of the Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University. With over 35 years of experience as an educator and administrator, and board member of the Calgary Foundation, John brings his leadership and expertise to the Indigenous Gathering Place.
Michelle Fournie is a proud member of Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3, and Irish & English decent. With a background in anti-oppressive communications, Indigenous social work, and currently working toward an Indigenized Master of Education degree at University of Calgary, she has served in several leadership positions within the Province of Alberta over the past decade. Michelle serves Indigenous students at Bow Valley College as the Manager of the Iniikokaan Centre. As previous Director and Chair of Communications for the Indigenous Gathering Place Society, Michelle is humbled to continue to work alongside the Board with a united vision for a physical gathering space within the City for all Nations.
Anne Harding is the Owner of Forum Community Relations, a Calgary based consulting company dedicated to catalyzing better communities through Indigenous relations and community engagement. In her 17+ years of experience as a community and Indigenous engagement professional, she has engaged with over 85 Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada on economic development, community engagement, reconciliation, education, training, and resource consultation initiatives. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations and a CP3 (Certified Public Participation Professional) designation through IAP2 Canada. As a settler of English, Welsh, and Swedish heritage, she is humbled to be elected to the IGP board after serving as chair of the community engagement committee in 2018 and 2019. Anne is also a director on the board of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where she also co-chairs the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Sub-Committee.
Sue Hull is a first generation Canadian settler, born in Halifax Nova Scotia. Calgary and Treaty 7 have been home since 1992 and Sue is forever grateful for the opportunities afforded through her career with the City of Calgary mainly in Youth Probation Services. This provided fulfilling work, lifelong friendships, professional networks and learning and relationship building opportunities through the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative and an Indigenous Teaching Series in our Youth division. Sue is a working artist, and retired from Social Work in 2018.
Sue joined the Board of IGPSC to promote the development of a substantive, culturally appropriate gathering place for the ongoing celebration of the cultures, people, languages and knowledge of the original peoples of this land.
Huan Li is a CPA, CGA member and has worked at Sunrise Healing Lodge Society for over 10 years where he manages finances and accounting. Huan regularly enjoys hiking and is excited to contribute to the vision of an Indigenous Gathering Place in Calgary.
Aaron Aubin Consulting Inc. is an Indigenous-owned consulting firm based in Calgary, Alberta. Through funding made available by the Calgary Foundation and the Calgary Homeless Foundation, since 2017 AACI has worked alongside of the IGP Board of Directors and Committee to co-develop the Business Case and the IGP Summary Brochure. AACI continues to provide a range of support services to the IGP including architecture, land use planning, strategic communications, and business planning.
Alison Pidskalny is a strategist and trusted ally to CEOs and Boards of Directors in Calgary and Southern Alberta. For 25 years, she has dedicated her career, her investments and her philanthropy to a strong and stable non-profit sector. Alison believes strongly in the power of gathering spaces for people to be in community with each other, to share knowledge and culture. Since 2011 she has rallied our community and raised funds for large-scale capital projects, most recently as Campaign Director for the new YW Calgary Hub for vulnerable women and families. Alison has also worked closely with the City of Calgary as a senior executive and President & CEO of two of Calgary's prominent civic partners, TELUS Spark and Fort Calgary. As a settler of Ukrainian heritage, she is honoured to be elected to the Board and will commit her time to helping IGP to realize its urgent, important and timely vision.
Alvin is of Plains Cree and Anishnawbe ancestry and is an enrolled member of the Muskowekwan First Nations, Saskatchewan. Alvin has considerable experience in advancing the social and economic development of First Nations through designing innovative capacity-building initiatives such as the national Aboriginal environmental training program, BEAHR sponsored by Eco-Canada. Alvin has over 20 years of experience managing Indigenous federal government programs in areas of project and community development as a consultant for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Employment & Immigration Commission, and Secretary of State. He holds a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership. Governance, and Management Excellence from the Banff Centre of Management. Alvin is owner/operator of Earthcode Enterprises Ltd, a local Indigenous business.
Cristi Adams is a member of the Lake Babine Nation and a Senior Project Manager with TC Energy. She serves on the Board of Directors for Trellis, sits on the Aboriginal Standing Committee for Housing and Homelessness and is the Chair of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee with over a decade of experience as an Indigenous advisor.
Bill Anderson is a senior executive with extensive expertise in Quality, Health, Safety and Environment. Through his vision, Bill has created safety cultures in organizations that have been awarded national recognition through Canadian Occupational Safety.
Bill is driven by his passion to establish world-class safe work procedures and inspire safe workplace behaviours in all organizational activities, with a focus on environmental protection; employee, client and public safety, quality and regulatory compliance.
Bill’s Indigenous identity and industry involvement in Indigenous-related joint ventures, partnerships and other community activities provide him with deep insight into the value and opportunities available to employers. During his career, he has received both “Diversity Excellence” and “People’s Choice” recognition for efforts made in bridging the gap. Bill is currently Vice President, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment for Trican Well Service, Calgary.
Buddie Dixon is from the Stoney Nakoda, Kainai and Tsuu T’ina Nations. Raised in Treaty 7 Territory, he has always been connected to his culture through traditional teaching from his grandparents and community.In all of his work Buddie has strived to support others in their learning journey to sustainably incorporate Indigenous perspectives and ways of working into their organizations. Most recently, having led the Indigenous engagement work Vibrant Communities Calgary and Momentum, two non-profit organizations working hard to end poverty in Mohkinstisis with a passion to ensure that there is truthful and respectful collaboration between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of this area. Through his traditional teachings and western education, he understands how to balance both worlds. Buddie supports the IGPSC because it represents an important place for our community to demonstrate the coming together of both worlds and the importance of place in our journey of reconciliation.
Justin is from Onion Lake Cree Nation and works as the Economic Development Manager for Taza Development Corporation. With a purpose to continue moving toward positive relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, he uses his professional networks and unique skillset to help drive initiatives of the IGP.
One of Justin’s priorities and passion is to give back to the Indigenous community by moving towards self-sustainability and developing prosperity for the next seven generations and beyond. Justin is focused on building inclusivity and diversity within organizations, delivering sustainable financial systems and capacity, growing economic development, guiding accountable and transparent communities and effective decision making, and assisting organizations towards their overarching manifesto, vision, and mandate.
Ryan is a registered professional urban planner with over 15 years of experience with the City of Calgary. He has worked on a variety of development projects, policies, and research specializing in large and complex cultural and arts projects. Ryan is passionate about building an equitable and inclusive city for future generations. While working on the plan for Calgary’s culture and entertainment district, he had a chance to work with elders from all Treaty 7 nations, which was an enlightening and meaningful experience. Wanting to continue moving forward with reconciliation efforts, working with the IGP will provide opportunities to bring Calgarians a rich and meaningful space where indigenous people can practice indigenous ceremony and culture, as well as allow everyone in Calgary a place to connect with Indigenous cultures. He would like an IGP so that we may have a place to learn more about Indigenous ceremonies, cultures, and knowledges in the heart of our city.