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Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

Each year this award is presented 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

Due to COVID-19, the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award ceremony has been rescheduled to November 26, 2020. Nominations are now closed, and we thank you for your submissions. 

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Recipients of the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

2019 Winner of Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award: Steve Kootenay-Jobin

Steve is from the Stoney Nakoda nation, and he is the first person from Stoney Nakoda to win this award individually. He credits is mother, Floranda, and his grandmother, Beryl, for inspiring him to work hard and give back to his community.

Steve works at Mount Royal University as the Housing and Events Coordinator at the Iniskim Centre. He plays a major role in the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students by helping them find campus housing. He also organizes weekly meetings, family and cultural events to help students connect while at school.

At MRU, Steve works with faculty, staff and students to help them learn, understand and appreciate Indigenous cultures. He organizes sharing circles, so Indigenous students can help shape the future of the school.

He volunteers his time and talents to a variety of groups, including the Committee for Walking With My Sisters – a group at MRU that addresses the issues of murdered and missing Indigenous woman.

Steve is described as having a contagious joy and being a natural relationship builder. His works makes life better for the community at Mount Royal University, for the Indigenous community, and for all of Calgary. For this, he is a well-deserving recipient of the 2019 Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​