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.
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.
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.
Eve MacMillan recently retired as Executive Director of Sunrise Healing Lodge. During her working career she served on a number of non-profit boards—both municipal and provincial. Eve is the founder of the Oxford House Foundation of Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to housing needs for individuals in recovery from addictions.
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.
IGP Consultant/Traditional "Scout"
Aaron Aubin Consulting Inc. (AACI)
AACI is an Indigenous-owned consulting firm based in Calgary, Alberta. AACI was hired through funding made available by the Calgary Foundation and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Since 2017, Aaron Aubin, Project Manager and Indigenous Consultant has worked alongside of the IGP Board of Directors and Committee to co-develop the Business Case for a Calgary Indigenous Gathering Place 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.
Social Media Coordinator
Melissa is a recent graduate from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. She is an Advisor at Suncor Energy in Brand Management and Communication Services with a passion for diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous relations.
Michelle Fournie is a proud member of Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 with Irish, English and Cree 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. As previous Chair of Communications for the Indigenous Gathering Place Society, Michelle is humbled to be invited to the circle of Directors with a united vision for a physical gathering space within the City for all Nations.
My traditional name is kimiwanêyâpiy iskwêw nôsisim or Rainbow Woman’s Grandchild. My given name is Jessica Smith. I am Ojibwe and French Canadian and was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I relocated to Alberta as a teenager and to treaty 7 territory several years ago. I am a Program Coordinator for the Iiyika’kimaat youth program with the Boys and Girls Cliubs of Calgary. I am currently taking my Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Calgary. I have a strong passion for working within my community to support cultural connection and create space for that connection to occur.
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.
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 15+ years of experience as a community and Indigenous engagement professional, she has engaged with over 65 Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada on economic development, community engagement, 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 co-chair of the International Association for Public Participation’s Global Practice Development Committee, and a director on the board of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Oki, Danit'ada, Âba wathtech, Hello,
My Name is Buddie Dixon, I am from the Stoney Nakoda, Kainai and Tsuu T’ina Nations. I have been raised in Treaty 7 Territory. I have always been connected to my culture through traditional teaching from my grandparents and my community.
In all my work I’ve strived to support others in their learning journey to sustainably incorporate Indigenous perspectives and ways of working into their organizations. Most recently, I have I have led the Indigenous engagement work Vibrant Communities Calgary and Momentum, two non-profit organizations working hard to end poverty in Mohkinstisis . As a member of Treaty 7, I have a passion to ensure that there is truthful and respectful collaboration between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of this area. Through my traditional teachings and western education, I have a understanding of how to balance both worlds. The IGP 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.
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 every year since 2015.
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 Aboriginal heritage and industry involvement in Aboriginal 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.
Regan Smith, along with Eve is one of the founding members of IGP. Regan has 20 years of community and Indigenous engagement, primarily working within the energy sector. Regan is also on the board for the Circle of Aboriginal Relations (CFAR).
Our Direction comes from on the Seven Sacred Teachings:
RESPECT, COURAGE, LOVE, TRUTH, HUMILITY, HONESTY, WISDOM
The Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary: the Elders and Indigenous youth that guide our journey, our eight-member board of directors, and the many volunteers and committee members make up the Gathering Place.
We are a non-profit organization formed in direct response to the call for a Reconciled Canada. We respect both Western written protocols and traditional Indigenous ways of knowing and being in all our relations.