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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.

Applications are now open for the Artist Selection Committee (closes September 22) and Artists/Artist Teams for Indigenous Placemaking (closes October 5).