Tanya Pace-Crosschild

Tanya Pace-Crosschild is a member of the Kainai (Blood) Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy.  A Long standing advocate for Indigenous children and families, she has been the dedicated leader of an Indigenous children's charity in southern Alberta, Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society.  Opokaa'sin, which means children in Blackfoot, a strength based service agency that incorporates child and family services approaches through a cultural lens.  Tanya has a dedicated passion for community that includes many community board memberships and advisory committees.  She was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award (2009) and the Making Waves Award (2009).  She has been recently appointed to the First Nations Women's Council on Economic Security and a graduate of the Global Women's Leadership program at the Coady Institute in Nova Scotia that brought together 24 women from 22 developing and Indigenous countries around the world.

Tanya holds a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Regina.  She is the proud mother of five and grandmother of one.