Indigenous Events

Learn more about the Indigenous events, exhibits, and programs Calgary Public Library hosted in 2017.

Creation Lodge

For four days in late December 2017, Elders Jerry and Jo-Ann Saddleback shared Cree creation stories at an all-day drop-in program.

Drop-in Storytime with Shirley Hill

In the fall of 2017, Shirley Hill hosted drop-in storytimes at various Library locations. Hill has over 35 years’ experience teaching Indigenous culture and tradition to children and youth at over 400 schools, and she loves to inspire and encourage everyone to be proud of their traditions.

Indigenous Drumming Circle

From Nov. 12 to Dec. 3, 2017, Cree8 led a drumming circle — featuring traditional Indigenous songs and drumming — at Memorial Park Library every Sunday afternoon.

Igniting the Fire: Storying the Urban Warrior

From October – November 2017, Central Library hosted a course focused on Indigenous literacies through engagement with the arts. Igniting the Fire highlighted the interplay of culture and identity within an Indigenous perspective and cultural way of knowing. Learners were offered the opportunity to participate in ceremony, roundtable discussions, personal reflections, creative writing, and to analyze and engage with Indigenous literature, oral storytelling, drum making and visual art.

Indigenous Beading Workshop for Beginners

Artist Jessica Liening-Wolfe helped people start their first pair of earrings or a pin at a beading workshop at Central Library in October 2017.

Grandmother Turtle

In partnership with Awo Taan Healing Lodge, the Library offered an eight-week program focused on Indigenous stories, songs, rhymes, dancing, and drumming. The program, for children six and under and their parents or caregivers, was held at Signal Hill Library from September – October 2017.

GlobalFest Human Rights Forum 2017

From August 8 – 12, GlobalFest and the Library presented a lecture series exploring Indigenous rights, featuring speakers from local, provincial, national, and international arenas. 




150 Acts of Reconciliation

At this Canada Day event at Central Library, people committed to an action that would contribute to the shared process of reconciliation, healing, and understanding of our shared history.




National Aboriginal History Month

In June 2017, Calgary Public Library marked National Aboriginal History month with numerous events, including under an umbrella we met, an exhibition at Memorial Park Library sharing the stories of Indigenous youth, a Heart Garden at Central Library to honour residential school survivors and their families, and art displays at four libraries. Indigenous artists Sam Bighetty, Taylor McPherson, Nathan Meguinis, and Jessica Liening-Wolfe showcased their work, including traditional beadwork and canvas paintings, at Country Hills, Judith Umbach, Saddletowne, and Signal Hill libraries in June and July.


In This Together

On May 31, 2017, two dynamic speakers helped launch Aboriginal History month. Miranda Jimmy, co-founder of RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity in Edmonton) and Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, editor of In This Together: 15 Stories of Truth and Reconciliation, discussed their reconciliation journeys and future aspirations for the community.