University of Alberta to honour local Indigenous leader

Karla Buffalo via U of A Media Release
Karla Buffalo via U of A Media Release

Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) CEO and University of Alberta (U of A) alumna, Karla Buffalo, is being recognized by her alma mater.

Buffalo is being honoured by the U of A with the Alumni Innovation Award.

Buffalo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the university in 2000. For the past nine years, she has served as the CEO of ATC, stewarding the organization through challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the awards announcement, Western Canada’s second-largest university praises Buffalo’s innovative approach to Indigenous elder care during the height of the pandemic.

The university also lauds her work in partnering with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to improve healthcare accessibility for Cree and Dene ATC members by working with AHS to create an Indigenous Health Clinic at the Northern Lights Hospital.

Buffalo is one of three individuals being honored with an Alumni Innovation Award which will be handed out at a ceremony in Edmonton on October 25th.

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