Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

The Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award is presented each year to honour the efforts and contributions​​​ of a person, group or organization both Indigenous and non-Indigenous who have:

  • Demonstrated leadership in building relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Calgary.
  • Displayed a commitment to building bridges between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
  • Supported and encouraged effective engagement and activities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
  • Created and supported positive changes in their community.

2023 award

Award ceremony

2023 Award winner

Lowa Beebe

Lowa Beebe is a proud member of the Piikani/Kainai First Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy & Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta, she is well-known for her multifaceted career spanning public relations, media, advocacy, and communications. She's demonstrated a strong commitment to Indigenous awareness and empowerment in both the private and public sectors, with roles at local, provincial, and national levels.

Throughout her career, Lowa has collaborated with various Indigenous communities, including First Nation, Inuit, and Métis, contributing significantly to diverse areas such as Policy, Custom Election Codes, Engagement, and Governance. She has also played pivotal roles in Consultation, Strategic Planning, and more, working closely with Chiefs, Council Members, Consultation Offices, and Land Administrations.

Currently, she is a Manager of Indigenous Services at MNP LLP and the recent co-founder of The Path Forward. This innovative firm is a 100% Indigenous women-owned entity offering corporate education on Reconciliation and Indigenous intercultural competency through a variety of courses, events, and expert consultations.

In addition to her extensive experience, Lowa has had the privilege of working with notable organizations such as Xerox Canada, TELUS Communications, TELUS Mobility, Assembly of First Nations, Scholastic Canada, and the Eagle Law Group. She currently hosts a radio show on Windspeaker Radio every Friday morning and has been involved with numerous non-profit community organizations.

Lowa continues to wear multiple hats as a speaker, facilitator, advisor, consultant, and trainer. Her academic background includes studies at Lethbridge Community College and Athabasca University. She is currently a candidate in the MBA program at Cape Breton University and set to graduate in the summer of 2023. An active volunteer, she is a dedicated advocate for Indigenous rights in Canada, solidifying her reputation as a passionate leader in her community.

Portrait of  Lowa Beebe

Past award winners

2022: Alvin Manitopyes
2021: Christy Morgan
2020: Colleen Runner Waskewitch
2019: Steve Kootenay-Jobin​
2018: Shawna Morning Bull
2017: Elaine Cairns
2016: Shawna Cunningham
2015: USAY/UofC; Uncovering Colonial Legacies
2014: Cindy Provost
2013: Carol Mason
2012: Leonard Bastien
2011: Mike Lickers
2010: Sandra Crazy Bull
2009: Vinnia Van Over Dyke
2008: Gloria Skinner
2007: Audrey Weasel Traveller
2006: Al Duerr
2005: Major Ed Boucher, (Retired)
2004: Ghost River Rediscovery
2002: Mr. Geoff Burtonshaw
2001: Mr. Pablo Russell, Mr. Michael Robinson
2000: Mr. Harry Huish
1999: Rev. Margaret Waterchief, Mr. Casey Eagle Speaker
1998: Mrs. Annie Bare Shin Bone
1997: Mr. Art Cunningham
1996: Ms. Joan Ryan
1995: Mr. Tom Jackson
1994: Mr. George Calliou
1993: Aboriginal Opportunities Committee - Chamber of Commerce
1992: Mr. Ronald Vivier
1991: Ms. Doreen Spence
1990: Mr. Harold Millican
1989: Calgary Indian Friendship Centre
1988: Mr. Hart A. Cantelon
1987: Mr. Nelson Gutnick
1986: Ms. Pauline Gladstone-Dempsey​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

See information about the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.