Angela Grier, M.Ed, R Psych, Provisional
Angela/Piiohksoopanskii (Singing Loudly Far Away) is from the Piikani First Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy and is thrilled to be part of the team. She is a multi-faceted clinician and finds her passion working with youth and adults. She also works with the Siksika First Nation (Blackfoot) as a therapist. She works with depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, loss and trauma. Besides being a clinician, she has spent much of her career devoted to education and advocacy, and Angela has worked to address and respond to the impacts of colonization of First Nation and Indigenous children, families and communities from a culturally competent and appropriate mental health lens.
Some of Angela’s executive highlights with advocacy includes a four-year term as an Elected Official with Piikani Nation Chief and Council; first Indigenous Chair of the Institute of Public Administration Canada (Calgary Chapter); Appointed Council Member of the First Nation Women’s Economic Security Council for the Government of Alberta; and currently as the first Indigenous Board Member for the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute. Angela’s background in adult education has included University of Lethbridge faculties member in the Native American Studies Department, under Dr. Leroy Little Bear, as well as the School of Health Studies Addiction Counselling Program at the time leading the conversation on harm reduction. Other post-secondary experiences includes Indigenous Lead at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and 15 years as a guest faculty member at The Banff Centre. Angela is very excited to be returning to direct client mental health.”