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CROWCHILD, Victoria Janet

January 3, 1934 – Calgary, Alberta
May 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the Tsuut’ina (Sarcee) and the Crowchild Family announce the passing of Victoria Crowchild who was the last remaining living child of Hereditary Chief David Crowchild and Daisy Crowchild.

Victoria was a remarkable woman who carried the family history of her parents. She was born on the Sarcee Indian Reserve and was the only daughter. She had seven brothers whom she loved very much that had gone before her. She passed on stories of her childhood to her nieces and nephews throughout her life. She continued to share their legacy so family history would not be lost and that the generations after her parents would remain strong. As a child, Victoria was raised on the ranch and learned how to take care of livestock and horses with her brothers. She also assisted her father and brothers with their family chuck wagon during the Calgary Stampede, David Crowchild and Sons. She loved being around the energy and could handle horses which allowed her to be apart of the ranch help that her family needed. She also learned how to cook, clean and sew from her mother. Her brothers made sure she knew how to help and that she was able to contribute to the family both inside and outside of the home. Chief David Crowchild made strong relations with the City of Calgary during his Chieftainship and Victoria continued the relationship with the city throughout the remaining days of her life. She was a former employee of the City for many years and took pride in representing her family in honour of her father for the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award. She looked forward to the event every year because it was a moment to display the family Bee Teepee and present such a prestigious award that focused on building relationships between the City and Indigenous peoples. Victoria had a strong faith in God and carried her rosary with her everywhere she went. Her faith carried her throughout her life and will be forever remembered for her involvement in the Moral Rearmament. She will be missed, but we as her family know she is reunited with her parents and brothers which will be a glorious reunion for her because she loved and missed them dearly. They are all together again.

Victoria lived a long life and is survived by her children, Cynthia and Wade; her adopted children, Kevin (Dionne) and April (Donald); her four grandchildren, Chantel, Lucas, Briona and Leviathan; her nieces, Jeanne (Nelson), June (Pat), Faith (Dean), Tonya, Marina, Edna (Alvin), Lorna, Eleanor, Pearl, Esther (Virgil) Lana, Sylvia, Heather (Bob), Aroha, Wanda, Lendell; and her nephews, Chief Lee Crowchild (Diana), Warren, Ralph (Ivonne) and Dan (Anne). Victoria will also be lovingly remembered by her sisters-in-law, Marie Crowchild and Regena (Sidney) Crowchild her special cousin, Vera Marie Crowchild and many relatives, extended family and friends from Sioux Valley, MB, Onion Lake, SK, and Tsuut’ina Nation, AB.

She was predeceased by her parents, Chief David Crowchild and Daisy Crowchild; her brothers, Kenneth, Leonard, Edwin, Bradley, Larry, Arnold and Gordon; her sister-in-law, Rose Crane; her niece Annie; and her nephews, Larry, Mark, and Kenny.

Wake service to be held at her residence, 335 Bullhead Road, Tsuut’ina (Sarcee Reserve) on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Tsuut’ina Nation on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Tsuut’ina Nation Cemetery (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB). Forward condolences through

It is Victoria’s wish that there be no flowers however, that a contribution to the Tsuu’tina Food Bank be made. Donation Boxes will be available.

In living memory of Victoria Crowchild, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Our condolences to the family.
    The Acuña and Schickerowsky families

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  2. Adrian Wolfleg

    Peace be with you Victoria. You are loved and will be missed. I am happy that you are once again with your family, friends and loved ones who have passed on.
    I will always remember our talks about scripture, medicines and traditional teachings.
    Adrian Wolfleg

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  3. Donna Marie HorseGrant

    You live on forever on the other side of the rainbow where we all gather together as relatives in the home of the Creator!

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  4. A shining light she carried her family tradition and values with dignity.
    Stu Bradley

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  5. To Chief Lee and the Crowchild family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Victoria. The strong Crowchild name lives on because of the dedication and commitment of people like Victoria. RIP Victoria.

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  6. Autumn EagleSpeaker

    You touched the lives of so many people, sharing your love and thoughtfulness with all.
    May you travel well to the happy hunting grounds.
    Rest in power.

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  7. Vi & Jules Szepesi

    Our condolences go out to the Crowchild family.
    I am thinking back to the day that Victoria and I started working for the City of Calgary, Purchasing Department on the same day; we were the first females to ever be hired by the department. It was a bit daunting to walk into an office full of men. Victoria was a very soft spoken, kind and humble person. We have lost touch over the years, but I always remember Victoria with fondness. My husband is one of the men working there when we started and he also has many good memories of her.
    Rest in peace Victoria. A life well lived.
    Vi & Jules Szepesi

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  8. Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Victoria Crowchild.

    Following in her fathers footsteps, Chief David Crowchild, Victoria was an advocate for the advancement of the education of Indigenous youth, and strengthening cross-cultural connections between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of our city.

    Victoria was always delighted to take part of our awards each year, and it was truly an honor to be present as she shared her words of wisdom for those who gathered around.

    Victoria, your legacy of courage and advocacy continues in our hearts.

    We are forever grateful for your presence and guidance, and your spirit will continue to inspire the community that is Calgary.

    Our condolences are with the Crowchild family during this difficult time.

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