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Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series, Calgary: Judge Karen Crowshoe

  • Fairmont Palliser, Crystal Ballroom 133 9 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T2P 1B4 Canada (map)

The Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series profiles extraordinarily successful women.

Judge Karen Crowshoe

Community Champion

Karen A. Crowshoe was officially sworn in on April 13, 2018 as judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, becoming the first Blackfoot woman to serve on the Provincial Court. She was also the only First Nations woman to be appointed to the bench at that time. This marks the second historic occasion for Judge Crowshoe, who was the first Blackfoot women to be called to the Alberta Bar in December of 1994 at the last official sitting of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Fort Macleod. Judge Crowshoe has stated that the ceremonial recognition of her appointment to the Provincial Court is something she shares with her family, the Piikani Nation, the Blackfoot First Nations and the Indigenous community. 

Judge Crowshoe received her Bachelor of Management Degree in 1989 from the University of Lethbridge and her Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1992 from the University of British Columbia. She articled at the law firm of Walsh Wilkins Creighton and practiced there for thirteen years until leaving to open a sole practice in 2007. Her legal career focused largely on providing counsel for First Nation governments and agencies. Her community work included serving as a youth mentor at schools and on a board overseeing youth and education initiatives. She stated that she is very fortunate to be a member of the Piikani First Nation whose members still maintain their ways of knowing, as well as strong cultural, traditional and spiritual practices, directly related to their Blackfoot ancestral roots. Her interest in the Blackfoot ways led her to serve on the Iron Shirt Culture and Heritage Society, which is committed to the preservation of Piikani culture and traditions. 

Judge Crowshoe is cognizant that her appointment brings more diversity to the judiciary and she is confident that her legal background, experience and strong ties to her community will help her serve all Albertans in a meaningful way.  She sees herself playing a role in any initiative that involves the judiciary moving towards restorative and reconciliation court processes involving Indigenous people.

Our speakers talk candidly about their careers, and the passion, vision and determination that drive them. They discuss our place in our society and the ethical responsibilities and consequences of our actions.

In relating their lives, you will hear about challenges as well as triumphs; humorous incidents and stories of loss; humbling moments of reflection and inspiring calls to action.

The Famous 5 Foundation’s Leadership Lunches were launched on Oct. 18, 1996 to bring women together to plan the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the "Persons" Case on Oct. 18, 1999.  In 2004, Enbridge became our title sponsor. The Famous 5 Foundation is proud to continue to partner with Enbridge to present our 15th Annual Speaker Series featuring five dynamic and engaging women.

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