Karen Batson is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation and the first female Chief. Karen’s education and work experience has focused in the area of health, specifically in mental health in both government and private practice settings. In her role as Chief, Karen has been involved in facilitating many community development initiatives resulting in positive changes in her community including increases in housing, employment, infrastructure, elder housing and improvements to the overall health and wellness of the community.
In 2018, she was appointed as the chair of the Chiefs Health Action Table at the Southern Chiefs Organization. The focus of this initiative is the transformation of health services for 36 First Nations communities in Southern Manitoba. Karen is also on the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Women’s Committee, Chiefs Standing Committee on Child Welfare, Chiefs Committee on Education, West Region Child & Family Services Board, Collaborative Leadership Initiative and the Chiefs Committee on Charter Renewal with the Assembly of First Nations.
Prior to becoming Chief, Karen worked in academia, where she has taught at both Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University with a focus on community development with Indigenous communities and most recently teaching in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing with the Faculty of Health Studies.