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Indigenous Services and Initiatives

Indigenous Placemaking

Installations by artists from or with a connection to Treaty 7

In 2017, open meetings began for the Library and the Indigenous Place Making Council of Canada to receive guidance on the placemaking process.

Library staff visited the Stoney Nation, Siksika Nation, Tsuu’tina Nation, Métis Nation of Alberta, and Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary for input on making Indigenous visual and oral storytelling more prominent in Library locations. These consultations helped create the Library's objectives for Indigenous Placemaking.

This initiative develops traditional and contemporary artworks that promote an educational understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures within Treaty 7 territory — including signatory Nations and non-traditional Treaty 7 Indigenous peoples.

The creation of these works inspires collaboration among artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, and experience levels. Having these pieces in the Library helps create an inclusive space for sharing and gathering of all Nations and communities within the Treaty 7 area, to learn and grow together.

Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation.

2021 Artists and Installations

These four works are permanently installed at Crowfoot, Seton, Saddletowne, and Shawnessy libraries. They include work by eight artists and are part of the third round of Indigenous Placemaking at Calgary Public Library. The installations will be officially unveiled on June 26, 2021.

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2019 Artists and Installations

These installations include an augmented reality wall, a narrative depicted through three-dimensional steel and aluminum figures , a mural depicting the cosmology of traditional Blackfoot storytelling, traditional men's dance regalia, and a pictorial history of the Baker Massacre. 

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2018 Artists and Installations

In 2018, six installations were permanently installed in Central Library. They include a triptych representing the past, present, and future that welcomes you into the library, a buffalo sculpture that includes language text from local Indigenous groups, furnishings that are a response to displacement in the Elders' Guidance Circle, and art that capture childbood lessons and beauty in landscape.

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