The Tsuu T'ina Nation Profiles - David Crowchild
David Crowchild was born on 12 April 1899 on the Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee) reserve near Calgary, Alberta. As a young adult, Crowchild worked in the rodeos and at Indian fairs. He was especially interested in riding broncos and helped promote chuck wagon racing at the Calgary Stampede.
Crowchild’s foray into chiefdom occurred in 1946. He stood as the Tsuu T’ina People’s leader for seven years (1946-1953), during which time he established his status as a distinguished leader. He worked diligently to improve infrastructure for the people on the Tsuu T’ina reserve. He also created jobs for the members of his community by building a school, repairing roads, and establishing a farm and cattle herd.
Chief Crowchild is described as a wise man who liked to laugh, and he was known to attend official meetings wearing traditional Native clothing and headdress. After his successful tenure as Chief, he continued to be involved in the community. He was a long-time member of the Indian Association of Alberta, and served on committees such as the Old Timers Association, the Calgary Pioneers, and the Calgary branch of the Canadian Citizenship Council.
During his life, Chief David Crowchild sought to promote peace between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals. His auspicious goals and distinguished legacy continues to be remembered. Chief David Crowchild passed away on 10 April 1982 on the Tsuu T’ina Reserve.