Opening Keynote – Dr. Ester Tail Feathers
Dr. Tailfeathers was born and raised on the Blood Reserve. She is a mother of two grown children and lives on the Blood Reserve. She was the first Aboriginal Doctor to work at the Blood Tribe Clinic since its founding in 1985. In addition to working in a clinic in Stand Off, she is an associate at a medical clinic in Cardston, sharing on-call and emergency duties with her colleagues. And has also worked in Northern Alberta and Montana in the medical profession. She was a founding board member for Red Crow Community College.
Closing Keynote – Dr. Betty Bastien
Dr. Bastien, carries responsibilities such as, design, delivery and coordination of Academic Programs for Red crow Community College. She recently launched the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work Program which is ground breaking work in Canada. Previously she worked as a Professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary, where she also taught International Indigenous Studies. She too taught Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Her research, publications, and services include areas such as Indigenous epistemologies, research methodologies, aboriginal child welfare, Indigenous education, language and cultural revitalization, historical and intergenerational trauma.
Recognition of her work include; a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award by the Lethbridge and District YWCA, Esquao Awards from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. She is profiled as a Leader in the Social Work Profession by Alberta College of Social Workers. She has also received Alumni Awards from the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary. She has been given the John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action and Policy by the Alberta College of Social Workers.