"Betty-Ann’s story is inspirational as a survivor, an educator, a mother, a leader and a Kaa’ahsinnoon to our community. Her warmth and care for those around her is unending and our college is enriched because of the support she gives us all.”
As part of it’s Spring 2022 convocation, Lethbridge College has announced that Betty-Ann Little Wolf (Anatsi’piiksaakii – Pretty Bird), a member of the college’s Indigenous Services Cultural Support Program since 2019, will be receiving an Honorary Degree.
The 21st recipient in the college’s history, Little Wolf is also a dedicated Blackfoot Grandmother (Kaa’ahsinnoon) in the college community, providing students and employees with traditional knowledge, guidance, and support.
She currently sits on the National Elders Council of Canada within the Assembly of First Nations and is one of eighteen Knowledge Keepers for the National Council of Elders and Knowledge Keepers for the Turtle Lodge Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Education and Wellness.
“I am very honoured to be receiving this recognition from Lethbridge College,” says Little Wolf. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping young people, and much of my own healing has come from them. Lethbridge College takes its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation seriously and approaches it the right way – by following a path created by the Indigenous community. I enjoy being part of these conversations and am proud of the work we have done.”
Born and raised in the Piikani First Nation, Little Wolf was taken to a residential school when she was six years old.
After 10 years in the residential school system, she enrolled in public school, but an evaluation revealed her education was only equivalent to Grade 3. Understanding the importance of education, Little Wolf’s father had her tutored within the public school system, as a mature learner, and she ultimately graduated from high school.
Little Wolf will be recognized the evening before Convocation at the college’s annual Honouring Excellence event. She will be joined by this year’s alumni award recipients Chris Delisle, Kathryn Iwaasa, Tara Grindle and Alexandra Carnio on Thursday, May 26, in the Garden Court restaurant. Tickets are available for purchase.
Little Wolf will be more formally recognized with a hooding ceremony during the first of two Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 27 in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.