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The University of Lethbridge extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Elder Carolla Calf Robe, who passed away on Thursday, May 9.
The U of L community is also grieving the loss of Calf Robe, who offered her wisdom and gifts to students and staff alike.
“She made a big impact on so many people,” says Rhonda Crow, coordinator with Indigenous Governance and Business Management with the Dhillon School of Business. “It’s such a big loss. She’s really going to be missed.”
Calf Robe served as an elder in residence at the U of L beginning in October, 2008. As an Iniskim Elder, Calf Robe spent one day a week on campus during the fall and spring semesters. From the Blood Tribe, Calf Robe would offer traditional teaching and storytelling to the campus community.
Described as a native herbalist, Calf Robe learned about plants from the grandmothers and was transferred the right to make medicine from her own grandmother in the 1970s. She has also instructed others in plant identification and common uses. Calf Robe often spoke to health sciences classes to share her knowledge of local plants.
“She was so kind, very wise and comforting to the students,” says Crow.
Calf Robe worked with several agencies and used her knowledge, based on both traditional and Western models, to help people make changes in their lives. In addition to the U of L, she worked with Red Crow College and the Galileo Educational Network. Crow said Calf Robe also worked as an addictions counsellor and served a term as a Blood Tribe councillor.
A wake service has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 at White Calf Hall in Standoff. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at White Calf Hall at 11 a.m.
The U of L will lower its flag in honour of Calf Robe.
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