Children's Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement
What is a land acknowledgement? Children can learn this simple statement, including gestures, to understand its importance.Watch the Video
Learning the truth is an important first step for all Canadians toward healing our community. Libraries have an important role to play in providing resources and awareness around Truth and Reconciliation. It is our duty and commitment to Indigenous peoples and communities.
Calgary Public Library welcomed its first Indigenous Services team member in 2017. This growing team focuses on Indigenous engagement, ensuring Library programs and services are designed around community needs.
Partnership is critical to the Library’s approach to reconciliation. For opportunities to partner and collaborate, or to share ideas and suggestions, please contact the Indigenous Services team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calgary Public Library invites expressions of interest from the Indigenous community, from people who are experienced artists, performers, knowledge keepers, storytellers, presenters, crafters, and service providers.
The Elders’ Guidance Circle is now available as an online experience. Individuals and small groups, including students, can meet virtually with an Elder to explore topics relating to culture, history, and reconciliation.
Virtual meetings with Elders and Knowledge Keepers are available between Monday and Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Elders’ Guidance Circle is supported by Suncor Energy Foundation with Elders’ honoraria provided by the Calgary Foundation.Request a meeting
Indigenous languages have long been underrepresented in literature — especially in children's books. This year the Library worked with aspiring Treaty 7 writers to start changing that, helping them create children's books in their traditional languages.Learn about the authors and their books
Visit the Indigenous Languages Resource Centre on Level 4 at Central Library to meet with Elders, share stories under a night sky installation, view traditional items, and learn Treaty 7 languages.Learn more
Visit Central, Forest Lawn, and Signal Hill libraries to view both traditional and contemporary art installations by Indigenous artists. Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation.View Indigenous Placemaking
The Calgary Public Library is committed to providing exceptional Library experiences to all residents of Mohkinstsis and surrounding area. For this reason, all residents of Alberta Indigenous communities and Métis settlements can receive their Library card for free, regardless of where they live.
As part of this commitment, the Library has released two limited edition Library cards featuring family photographs of Tsuut’ina artist Glenna Cardinal, who was previously denied a free Library card before they were made freely accessible to Indigenous communities across Alberta.
These cards are available to new and existing members. Ask a staff member at your Library about switching your card to this new design at no cost.
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The Library worked with aspiring Treaty 7 writers to create children's books in their traditional languages. These books are now available as part of the Library's permanent collection!
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These selections rely on strong oral and written sources, and focus on de-colonizing the historical practice.