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Dr. Betty Bastien

Board Chairperson - Piikani First Nation, Treaty 7


Dr. Bastien, Ph.D, is a member of the Piikani First Nation, an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary – Faculty of Social Work. Responsibilities are primarily the development and delivery of the Learning Circle curriculum in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities, and the coordination and delivery of a Master of Social Work Program on the Blood Reserve. Areas of publication include, the indigenization of education, community based educational curriculum development research, Indigenous social work education and practice, Aboriginal health and Indigenous research. Dr. Bastien’s over 30 years of experience working in the field has included provincial and federal governments, First Nation organizations, Native Studies, International Indigenous Studies, and a consultant in the areas of social development, education, services, and evaluation. A keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on themes such as: indigenous research methodologies, aboriginal child welfare, and indigenous education, language and cultural revitalization and intergenerational trauma among First Nation peoples. A recipient of the Women of Distinction Award by the Lethbridge and District YWCA, and Esquao Awards from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. A recent Profile Feature in an article Leaders in the Profession in the journal, The Advocate, Alberta College of Social Workers 2009. Her traditional knowledge is located in the Brave Dogs Society and Thunder Pipe Holder of the Blackfoot.