A Glimpse at Indigenization at Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library welcomed its first Indigenous Service Design Lead, Teneya Gwin, in 2017. This new role focuses on Indigenous engagement so that Library programming can be designed around community needs. Community engagement, inclusivity, and relationship building are at the core of Gwin’s approach. She is working to build sustained relationships with Calgary’s urban Indigenous…
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KAIROS Blanket Exercise

In fall of 2017, Calgary Public Library staff had the opportunity to participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The interactive learning experience covers more than 500 years of history in a one-and-a-half-hour workshop, followed by a talking circle. The blanket exercise is designed to build understanding and empathy, and to raise awareness of the historical…
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Nose Hill’s medicine wheel and tipi rings are living testaments to its long and varied history.

Today we know Nose Hill as a well-loved urban park—its 11 square kilometers surrounded by 12 communities.  Nose Hill became a City park in 1980, and has a long and varied history predating its role as an urban playground and retreat. In 1882 the Dominion granted the first recorded land occupancy on Nose Hill for…
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Reintroduced to Banff National Park this week, buffalo were vital to Indigenous people for thousands of years

Buffalo, important to Indigenous culture and lifestyle, once covered the Plains and were just recently reintroduced to Banff National Park. Indigenous people depended on buffalo for food, clothing, shelter, and tools such as leather cording, containers and even shields. One adult male buffalo could provide as much as 1,000 pounds of meat. Buffalo hunts were…
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