Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout is a Cree speaker who was born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. After graduating from the Edmonton General Hospital as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
She serves on several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal boards and committees including the Resolution Health Support Advisory Committee for Health Canada and the First Nations Health Society in B.C. and has been involved in several Canadian Institute of Health Research projects. Madeleine was President of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and member of the National Forum on Health. In August, 2007 Madeleine was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as an inaugural Vice-chair of the Board of Directors.
Madeleine was a Professor in Canadian Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Now self employed, she continues to work as a researcher, writer, and lecturer on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis health and is increasingly adopting a Cree lens in this work.
She has received the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge; and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa. In November 2008, the Canadian Nurses Association of Canada selected Madeleine for the Centennial Award that was given to 100 outstanding Canadian nurses. In March 2010 she received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the health category.