Crystal Manyfingers, B. Arts, B.Ed., M.Ed
Crystal is a Blackfoot member of the Kainai First Nation of Treaty 7. She grew up on the Blood Reserve and as a child roamed the halls of the University of Lethbridge where her mother Dr. Helen Manyfingers was studying to earn her Bachelor of Education degree. This inspired Crystal to go ahead and enroll at the University of Calgary where she chose to major in English Literature. After completing her B.A., Crystal decided to pursue a career in teaching (to follow in the footsteps of three of her siblings). She then went on to complete her Master of Education degree with a specialty in Adult and Workplace Environmental Learning.
Prior to joining the Bow Valley College, Crystal was the Principal of the Bullhead Adult Education Center on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation for over a decade. Throughout her educational career, she has worked with many groups and agencies at all community levels including Federal Government of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Alberta Education, City of Calgary’s Aboriginal Education Domain, Treaty 7 Principal’s Association, numerous Boards of Education and parent advisory committees. Crystal has been the Lead Instructor of Literacy and Essential Skills with the School of Foundational Learning since August, 2015. One contribution worth noting is her involvement and design of the Aboriginal Upgrading Program’s Elders in the Classroom and Elders on the Land. Presently, Crystal has been seconded to the Academic Innovation and Applied Research Division as Indigenization and Decolonization curriculum consultant for our School of Health and Wellness and School of Community Studies.