The Division of Community Engagement

Tibetha Kemble: Director, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program

In September 2017, Tibetha Kemble (Stonechild) was appointed as the Director of Indigenous Health (Division of Community Engagement) in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Prior to joining the Faculty, Tibetha worked for both the federal and provincial public service where she has gained significant and progressive experience in Indigenous public policy and program management in the areas of Child Welfare, Education, Indian Moneys and Field Services. Her most recent experience with Alberta Education’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Division has strengthened her knowledge of, and capacity for, undertaking large change initiatives within large institutions. Her work on the Building Capacity for Collaboration in Education (BCCE) grant program ($37 million) was instrumental in providing opportunities for First Nations and provincial school authorities to collaborate on the development of local and community-led initiatives designed to improve educational outcomes of First Nations students attending a band-operated school, or a provincial school under an Education Service Agreement. The BCCE was foundational for the current grant program, Innovations in First Nations Education, that provides an additional $36 million to First Nations education on an annual basis.

Tibetha is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education specializing in Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education. The focus of her dissertation is on Indigenous Early Learning and Care and Decolonizing the Philosophy of Early Childhood. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Policy, with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Lethbridge.

Tibetha also has a strong commitment to her community currently serves as a volunteer in the following capacities::

  • Chair of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for the Home Instruction Program for Parents of Young Children (HIPPY)
  • Director on the National Board of Directors for the Mothers Matter Centre
  • Board Member of the ABC Head Start Society of Edmonton
  • Member of the Early Learning and Care Steering Committee for the City of Edmonton’s End Poverty initiative

Over the past 15 years, Tibetha has also served as:

  • Task Force member on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2020 Campaign
  • Researcher/Writer for the Edmonton Social Planning Council
  • Member of Aboriginal Community Liaison Committee for the Edmonton Police Service’s Chief’s Advisory Council
  • Graduate Representative for the Faculty of Education Council
  • Mentor in Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society Coyote Pride Program
  • Member of the Edmonton Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee