Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout
Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, a Cree speaker, was born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. After graduating from the Edmonton General Hospital as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She serves on several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal boards and committees including the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and until recently, the First Nations Health Authority Board in B.C. In August, 2007 she was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as an inaugural Vice-chair of the Board of Directors. Madeleine is a past President of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and appointee to the National Forum on Health. She was a Professor in Canadian Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Now self- employed as the President of Dion Stout Reflections Inc. she adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations health. Her active involvement in several research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has her shaping the way social, health and health care equity is best encouraged, cultivated and discipliined for Indigenous peoples. She is the recipient of the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In November 2008, the Canadian Nurses Association of Canada selected Madeleine for the Centennial Award that was given to 100 outstanding Canadian nurses. In March 2010 she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the health category. Madeleine received the Order of Canada in 2015. She served as the Champion for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) during their Centennial year in 2016. Madeleine is featured in the 2011 and 2012 Editions of the Canadian WHO’S WHO.