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Crowshoe appointed to Alberta bench

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:57 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

A member of the Piikani Nation — which is one of the three First Nations that comprise the Blackfoot Confederacy — has been named to the provincial court of Alberta.

Justice Karen A. Crowshoe spent most of her legal career providing counsel for First Nation governments and agencies in matters such as treaty rights, specific claims, on-reserve business and economic development and First Nation elections and governance.

She also has extensive experience in the development of on-reserve child welfare services and on-reserve governance legislation.

Justice Crowshoe is known for her community involvement and for her support of provincial First Nations organizations. She is a member of the Iron Shirt Culture and Heritage Society, which is committed to the preservation of Piikani culture and tradition, and she has served as a youth mentor with the United Way of Calgary and as a board member for the Piikani Youth and Education Foundation. Justice Crowshoe also taught native studies courses at the University of Lethbridge and Red Crow Community College.

Justice Crowshoe will preside in the Calgary criminal division.