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Chief Lee Crowchild

Xakiji (Chief)
Tsuut'ina First Nation

Xakiji Lee Crowchild is the third generation Xakiji following in the footsteps of his father, former Xakiji Gordon Crowchild and his grandfather, former Xakiji David Crowchild whom Crowchild Trail is named after.

Having an extensive and varied educational background, Xakiji Crowchild has graduated from Washington State University ‘82 B.Sc.P.E with a focus on biomechanics and Exercise Physiology, the University of British Columbia ’99 Dipl. EDST, Diploma in Film at The Vancouver Film School ‘02, He started at Mount Royal (College) University, where he was asked to return as an instructor.

His achievements extend over many different disciplines and endeavors including and not limited to “The Tom Longboat Award – Canada’s Athlete of the year 1982” “Entrepreneur of the Year 89” from the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Khot-La-Cha Award from the University of British Columbia ‘99. He also successfully led a Dance company known as “Red Thunder Native Dance Theatre” for 13 years

He has worked in many capacities and positions within Tsuut’ina. This includes, Manager of Infrastructure, Director of Public Works, and Emergency Management for the Nation.

Outside the Nation he has also held a wide-range of positions for various boards including APTN Board of Directors and the Chairman of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Board of Directors.

Chief Lee Crowchild is a man of the people and knows that, “Serving the people – our people – requires diligence, sacrifice, and great earnestness”.

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