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Indigenous Services

A Safe and Welcoming Space for All

The Library's Commitment to Reconciliation

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 indigenousservices@calgarylibrary.ca.

Indigenous Ambassadors at the Library

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.

Submit an expression of interest

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

Meet virtually with Elders from different Nations

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 books added to our permanent collection

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

Gather and learn

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

Indigenous artists contributed art for Indigenous Placemaking.

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
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A Library card for everyone

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.