Jamie Medicine Crane

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AcousticClassicalContemporaryFluteInstrumentalTraditionalBlackfootBlood TribePiikani Nation

Jamie Ahksistowaki (means Brave Woman in Blackfoot) Medicine Crane is an activist, advocate, educator, and multidisciplinary artist. Raised with her traditional ways of knowing and spirituality, Jamie is a Blackfoot woman from the Kainai & Piikani Nations in Alberta, Canada. Having the honor of being raised with her traditional ceremonies, beliefs and spirituality, it has given her the strength and understanding that all animate and inanimate beings in creation have been created with a purpose and a reason. Drawing from her faith and belief that the Creator is central to all life, including Mother Earth and all creation, we must learn to live in harmony and to respect one another.

Jamie has a Travel & Tourism Diploma from Lethbridge College, a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Athabasca University, Bachelor of Education Degree from University of Lethbridge and a Master’s in Education from Gonzaga University. A specialist in Indigenous (First Nations, Metis & Inuit) education, she builds the capacity of educators, develops curriculum, and works to improve the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Currently she is a curriculum Lead, for First Nations, Métis and Inuit curriculum for Alberta Education
Jamie is deeply committed, has dedicated her life, work to the vision of a world that is fair, and just for all. She is deeply engaged in her community. She has been involved with the YWCA movement for over 12 years. She served as a board member and vice president of YWCA Canada and YWCA Lethbridge. She proudly represented Canada at the YWCA’s World Council in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, and in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015, where she was elected to the World YWCA Board. Jamie is the first Indigenous woman to hold this role. A life-long activist, she is actively involved in several movements advocating for Indigenous rights, women’s rights, human rights and justice. Her work and leadership has enhanced several national advocacy initiatives including the Idle No More movement and Sisters in Spirit rallies that raise awareness of the alarming high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

A former performer and founder with Young Medicine, Jamie had the opportunity to spread her message of healing and harmony. She released her first solo flute album in February 2017, titled, “Honouring Life”; Jamie has received international recognition as a part of her former group Young Medicine. Jamie has been playing flute and music for over ten years and has performed with many artists such as Buffy Saint Marie, Keith Secola, Leanne Goose, Trent Agecoutay, Celeigh Cardinal and many others. A former model, Jamie was the first Native woman to compete in Miss Universe Canada in 2003, and awarded the title of Miss Congeniality. She also received the title Miss Blackfoot Canada. Jamie is the founder of Niitsitapi Dreams (a Blackfoot term meaning “The real people”) a holistic modeling school designed to build girls’ self-esteem and leadership skills. Jamie is also the creative force behind Brave Woman Eco-Designs, a clothing line inspired by the beauty of Blackfoot history, experiences both traditional and contemporary while respecting Mother Earth and recycling materials; and she is currently studying plants and their medicinal properties and benefits to use in her healing products and beauty line.
Jamie’s been recognized with numerous awards; including the YWCA Canada’s Ann Mowatt Outstanding Young Woman Award, YWCA Lethbridge, Young Woman of Distinction; Alberta Colleges- Provincial Award for Creating Excellence; Esquao Award-Woman of Distinction from the Institute for Advancing Aboriginal Women; Outstanding Young Woman, Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge; Blackfoot Art Award by the Blackfoot Cultural Society and 2017/2018 Alumnus of the year, from University of Lethbridge.

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Albums

Honouring Life

Honouring Life Jamie Medicine Crane

Released: February 15th, 2017

Songs

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"Classical Flute" from Honouring Life

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"Surreal" from Honouring Life

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"Dancing in The Wind" from Honouring Life

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"Into The Storm" from Honouring Life

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"All That Jazz " from Honouring Life

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"Honouring Life" from Honouring Life