Heather Crowshoe is an Indigenous woman with 20 years of compassionate frontline experience in First Nation healthcare.
In her dedication to better First Nation access to healthcare, she strives to address disparities and to promote continuity of care. Her knowledge comes from direct experience in diverse settings: a rural remote nursing station, rural hospitals, on-reserve health centres, youth and adult correctional and remand centres, federal and provincial committees and an urban First Nation primary care clinic. Her first-hand experience includes medicine, palliative care, trauma critical care, pediatric care, long-term care, rural hospital care, home care and chronic-disease management.
Ms. Crowshoe has consulted on various Indigenous programs, including the Calgary Health Region Indigenous Health Program Southern Alberta Child and Youth Network Community. She also consulted on the curriculum regarding development and delivery of the Indigenous Nursing Program at Bow Valley College. As a researcher, she contributed to Akak’stiman: A Blackfoot Framework for Decision-Making and Mediation Processes.
A Calgary resident, she holds an Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing Level 1 certificate from Mount Royal University in Calgary and obtained her Registered Nurse diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.
Born and raised on the Piikani Nation, she takes pleasure in sharing her culture, often as a participant in the Calgary Stampede Indian Village where her family has a tipi. A mother of three, she also loves travelling on the summer powwow trail across North America in support of their dancing. Her favourite pastimes include yoga, biking, hiking and sewing.
Ms. Crowshoe’s new role builds on family tradition. “My grandmother Elizabeth English was the first Community Health Representative for our community when westernized health care first began in First Nation communities here in Alberta. I never imagined that I would follow in her pioneering footsteps.“