Indigenous Services

Celebrating and honouring our shared history.

It's important for all Canadians to learn the true history of Indigenous peoples. Libraries have a big role to play in helping our communities heal by providing resources about Truth and Reconciliation, as outlined in the Calls to Action and White Goose Flying Report.

You can start your own learning journey with Library resources.

Learn more about Truth and Reconciliation

Learn the importance of the Land Acknowledgment

What is a land acknowledgment? Children, caregivers, and educators can find out by practicing this simple statement, including gestures.

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Indigenous languages books added to our permanent collection

Indigenous languages have long been underrepresented in literature. In 2019, the Library worked with aspiring Treaty 7 writers and illustrators to help them create children's books in their traditional languages.

Learn about the Treaty 7 Language Books collection

Experience Indigenous Placemaking at seven locations

View both traditional and contemporary art installations by Indigenous artists at Central, Crowfoot,  Forest Lawn, Saddletowne, Seton, Signal Hill, and Shawnessy libraries. Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation.

View Indigenous Placemaking

Learn the original languages of this land

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. Check out our virtual resource centre to find helpful videos and apps to help you in your language learning.

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Join us in Napi's World

In the virtual program Napi's World: Stories and Teachings from the Land, grades K – 6 can learn from Elders, knowledge keepers, Treaty 7 authors, illustrators, performers, and Library staff as they share diverse perspectives, teachings, and ways of knowing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living in Alberta. 

Access the online toolkit

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A Library card for everyone

Your Library is committed to providing exceptional 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.

Indigenous Ambassadors at the Library

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.

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

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Meet with Elders from different Nations

In the Elders’ Guidance Circle, individuals, small groups, and students, can meet with Elders to explore topics relating to culture, history, and reconciliation.

The Elders’ Guidance Circle is supported by Suncor Energy Foundation with Elders’ honoraria provided by the Calgary Foundation. 

Request a meeting

Learn about the cultures of Treaty 6, 7, and 8

Voices of the Land is a collaboration between Indigenous communities and Library systems across Alberta. Add your own story or learn from your neighbours' with this virtual, shared learning space.

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