Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Enjoy Library programming that marks Indigenous History Month, Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary, and the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation

Indigenous Art

The Library is pleased to exhibit art each June in honour of National Indigenous History Month. These exhibits enable Library visitors to participate in the creative life of their community and foster a supportive environment for self-identified Indigenous artists. 

Rozsa Arts at the Library

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Rozsa Arts at the Library with a performance by Chantal Chagnon. Chantal is a Cree Ojibwe Métis storyteller, singer, drummer, actor, and workshop facilitator with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.

She shares Traditional Indigenous arts, culture, history, and teachings in a variety of settings. Chantal aims to entertain, engage, enlighten, educate, inspire, empower, and create bridges of opportunity for cooperation, understanding, and healing for our past and future generations.

No registration required.

Signal Hill Library | Saturday, June 15 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Nose Hill Library | Saturday, June 22 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Blackfoot Family Storytime

Learn about the Blackfoot language through rhymes, songs, and stories led by a Blackfoot language speaker and Elder.

Forest Lawn Library | Saturdays, June 8 – June 29 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm

The Indian Relay

Discover the traditional extreme sport of Indian Relay. Through a photographic exhibition, meet the warriors, chiefs, and lady riders who participate in this dangerous, high-skill sport, and discover the sport’s rich history in Canada. Exhibit runs for the month of June in On Display at Central Library.

Opening reception and talk in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
Monday, June 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Ahomapénî: Relations And Rez Dogs

View the first full-length documentary created by the Nakoda Audio Visual Club. This film focuses on the misconception that all dogs at large on reserve are strays. No registration required.

Central Library | Tuesday, June 11 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm

The Historical Geography of Métis Scrip Entitlements

Although Canadians are becoming aware of a troubling past, with respect to Métis scrip, little public understanding or even awareness exists. This presentation will provide a basic account of how the fundamentals of the scrip system failed to create a land base for the Métis and instead contributed to dispossession.

Presented by Frank J. Tough, professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta

Central Library | Thursday, June 20 | 10:00 am

Queering Indigeneity

Celebrate the inspiration and creativity of Two-Spirit peoples through performance, visual arts, and film. Featuring LGBTQ/Two Spirit artists and filmmakers. In partnership with Calgary Queer Arts Society. No registration required.

Memorial Park Library | Friday, June 28 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Want to register for Library programs? All you need is a Library card – it’s FREE for all residents of Calgary and surrounding area Indigenous communities.