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Indigenous Research Support Team (IRST)

Chelsea Crowshoe



Chelsea Crowshoe is the IRST team manager. Chelsea is a member of Piikani Nation and is dedicated to supporting Indigenous knowledge, values and communities. Chelsea’s professional career path has given her experience in Indigenous health, allowing her to work with several organizations with this focus. She is excited to continue her journey in supporting Indigenous ways in research as part of the team.

Keeta Gladue

Ethics and Process Specialist


Keeta Gladue is the ethics and process specialist. Keeta is an Indigenous futurist, scholar, and researcher. Cree and Métis, she approaches diversity, equity, and anti-racism from an Indigenous community-based perspective. Her research includes studies on the topics of Indigenous mental health, post-secondary education, and academic integrity.

Cheyanne Lemaire

Research Coordinator (Health)


Cheyanne Lemaire is the research coordinator (health). Cheyanne is an Indigenous woman with roots from Tanana, Alaska, Northern Tuchone, Yukon, Sahtu, Fort-MacPhearson, NWT and Cree-Metis Fort Chipewyan, AB. Cheyanne has experience in the federal government within energy and economic development. She also holds a degree in anthropology and is looking forward to completing her master’s.

Aylin Arzola Salazar

Research Coordinator


Aylin Arzola Salazar is the research coordinator. Aylin is a first-generation settler from Mexico, completing her master’s degree with a focus on resilience through a decolonial lens. She offers advanced support for Indigenous research projects, and coordination for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars on internal and external processes.

Patricia Taylor

Indigenous Research Advisor


Patricia Taylor is the Indigenous research advisor. Patricia taught with the Calgary Board of Education, the University of Calgary, and the Old Sun Blackfoot College. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Calgary. Working with First Nation students, along with her own Metis status, she understands the challenges faced by Indigenous communities and the value of culturally responsible research. 

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