Alice Kaquitts’ Îethka Nakoda name is Yumotata Mânî, which closely translates to Grizzly Walker in the Nakoda language. She resides in Morley and is part of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. She is a mother, grandmother, knowledge keeper, pipe holder, and an expert interpreter/translator for Stoney Nakoda language.
Alice has a Social Work diploma from Mount Royal University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary.
She has worked decades in her own community in a management capacity as well as a service provider for children in care. Over the last several years she has been invited to participate and share her knowledge and expertise on the Stoney Nakoda perspective by numerous Elders Advisory groups and organizations in Calgary including Mount Royal University’s Indigenization and Engagement Strategy and the Elders Guidance Circle with the Calgary Public Library, the City of Calgary, and the National Gathering of Elders.
Today her work primarily consists of consulting, advising, conducting ceremonies, and presenting on traditional parenting, history, culture and the Nakoda Language. She also does a radio talk show every Saturday morning on CJWE FM 88.1 an Indigenous radio station owned by Burt Crowfoot, with Thomas Snow and Jeremy Harpe called Conversational Nakoda and is also involved in writing a Nakoda dictionary with Wesley First nation members.