Dr. Leroy Little Bear – Order of Canada


“A good leader looks at things from a different angle, always changes the conversation and attempts to build a good foundation and work themselves out of existence.” – Dr. Leeroy Little Bear

An Indigenous education leader from the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta was honoured earlier this year.

Dr. Leroy Little Bear, a founding member of the nation’s first university-based Native American Studies program, was named to the Order of Canada.

Now serving as a special adviser to the president of the University of Lethbridge, Little Bear has earned recognition as an international scholar and a speaker, as well as a pioneer in advancing post-secondary education for First Nations students.

His latest honour, announced in Ottawa, follows an Alberta Order of Excellence citation, a “Key to the City” presentation by Lethbridge City Council, and honourary degrees from the U of L and the University of Northern B.C. 

Little Bear was also named “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” by the U of L’s alumni association in 2003 and was presented the U of L Speaker Research Award in 2017.

In 2003, he also received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education.

Angela Gee :

“Excellence is no accident.. it is intentional with the heart and mind. So thankful to be on this journey with you. I don’t know why Creator blessed us so much with you, but I am eternally greatful to call you my father.  Congratulations to the Right Honorable Dr Leroy Little Bear (Iikaiskanii/ Kainai) in receiving the Order of Canada”


Tying up the Leadership Conference on Mentoring a New Generation of Leaders

Its been a week since the conference has completed itself. As everyone journeyed and left the day of, I wanted to make sure to touch base and say thank you to each and everyone who attended. The sharing of knowledge was rich and many new and old ways were shared. I kept hearing how we need to do more of this. This seems to be common in the professional development that I have offered is the need to do more. As hugs were given, pictures taken, moments documented with iphones. Presentations shared. The much work that goes into events, sort of reminds me of the amount of time when preparing a feast. You want to bring your personal best. Then as the presentation happens, and the digest occurs of knowledge, it is soon done. So what than do we capture? How then do we proceed? I took videos of the Regional Chief’s speech which I will share here on my page, and I did take other photos which I did share to Instagram, and some to Twitter. I will be taking some time to go back in and gather up the main themes so that they can be built on. From each speaker I am going to compile one main idea that I remember from their presentation and speech;

Hal EagleTail: Opening & Closing, is important as it grounds and offers the prayers and spiritual guidance.

Chief Lee Crowchild: One theme on kinship and how important this is as well as acceptance and in building relationships, especially in thinking about the far reaching relationships that our children and grand children will have. The importance of recognizing relationality.

Chief RoseAnne Archibald: Speaking to many themes, what did stand out is the importance of Diversity in leadership and in valuing all the ways leaderships is expressed. Also that bringing the spirit of heart centred leadership allows for an open exchange.

Noella (Little Mustache) Wells spoke the importance of Elder respect, and protocols when asking for their expertise, and in this case, with post secondary institutes. Much clarity around the significance of Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the work to support learners, and in building good spaces in institutions to foster and support reconciliation, leadership and respect.

Gerald Ratt Ai’ssoo spoke on leadership and how youth are lacking and that youth are needing this care, attention and support. Gerald’s multi tiered presentation spoke to this succinctly which included youth he has worked with across the country whom he included in on his presentation.

Elections Canada was interactive and shared historical narratives of the vote, and also included interactive activities, which got us all moving and experiencing what this process feels like. As well they drew up a mock vote, where we all voted upon priorities: ours included- including the TRC in curriculum, housing.. for example.

Crystal Manyfingers & Darmondy Mumford delivered their presentation on how culturally relevant teaching has impacted their learners in a positive way sharing how they use space and Land within the City of Calgary, in this case, Fort Calgary, and in teaching Math to learners and using the theme of building a tipi. Inspiring to hear!

Christina Fox Iixsisaanoowa shared from her story and book which she is writing and talked about her experiences growing up and the impacts of the IRS on her life. She shared her life experience so honestly and kindly, as well as beautiful art which she designed. So much detail and expressions.

I shared how she draws from Indigenous Methodologies to build her work and what this looks like on an entrepreneur side of things.

Russelle Burns shared on her perspectives from the Awotaan Healing Lodge and how they provide programming for youth that is rooted in cultural knowledge.

This brief overview is a simple acknowledgement of the hard work. I will be compiling a report, as well as asking for copies of presentations to be shared.

Thank you!

How To get to the Conference

Either you will rent a car which you should plan in advance through a company like Budget or Avis. Or you will call a cab- It will help to call Grey Eagle directly and ask them if they have a cab service they deal with.

You will then find the dealership at the airport and proceed to the dealership after you have collected your luggage. Driving in Calgary at different times of the day will look different.

Traffic flow will change in early morning and in later afternoon, or on weekends.

The two ways I know are:

Take the Deerfoot, head south, I’d stick to the middle lane, if possible all the way to the Glenmore Trail, then you’d take the exit to the west, and head to the venue location of the Grey Eagle, which is at the 37th Street exit. You will than take a roundabout, and on 37th where you head south, past some construction, than a right to the Grey Eagle location.

OR a more scenic city drive, also slower traffic, but maybe more stops, more to see.. more adventurous.. again watch to not take an exit off.. or it redirect your route…

When leaving the airport you will head down the Deerfoot. Note that slower traffic is on the inner lane, and faster traffic flows to the centre. As you head south, you will exit at the Memorial exit, and take a right.

You will then travel west along Memorial to the Crowchild Trail where you will head south. The Crowchild Trail is under renovation in some areas so be aware. Head south to Richmond Road. Hang a left onto Richmond Road. For a few minutes, you will then reach 37th Street, take a left. Heading left towards the community of Tsuut’ina Nation.

You will pass a few stores to the left. You will pass the Glenmore Trail- don’t hop on the Glenmore, or you will have to find a turn around- or end up in Banff. Go right thru. You will hit a roundabout. You have full right of the way at the roundabout, though watch for other drivers anyway.

Follow the roundabout, follow the overpass, keep heading on 37th Street S.  You will see construction outside the Grey Eagle. Take a right when it says you are at Grey Eagle.  You are now headed to the Conference location. To the very west you will see the Canadian Rockies. Welcome! (I will attach a map)