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Indigenous Services

A Safe and Welcoming Space for All

The Library's Commitment to Reconciliation

Calgary Public Library welcomed its first Indigenous Services team member in 2017. This growing team focuses on Indigenous engagement, ensuring Library programs and services are designed around community needs.

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

Expressions of interest: Indigenous artists

The Library has an open and ongoing call for Indigenous artists, art teams, performers, musicians and craft-makers within Treaty 7 Territory to submit music/performance/workshops/artist talks/film and storytelling for the Calgary Public Library’s social media channels.

The Calgary Public Library wants to support local Indigenous artists and musicians that live within the Treaty 7 Territory, by posting and sharing their work through our social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram or Instagram Stories, and Twitter. This could include the sharing of websites, photos, stories, YouTube, Vimeo links, and recorded workshops or performances.

To submit, send a short 100-200 word description of the proposed work you would like to share, the age/demographic the work is intended for, links to online content, examples of past work and already produced video content.

Submissions can be sent, along with any questions about criteria or medium, to or

Submissions will be reviewed by the Indigenous Services staff from the Calgary Public Library on an ongoing and weekly basis; those submissions selected for posting and the timeline for submitting will be notified.

All content displayed on Library Digital Media will be family-friendly and appropriate for the public. No content will be shared on Library platforms if it has inappropriate language, subject matter, graphic content, or hate speech.

Children's Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement

What is a land acknowledgement? Children can learn this simple statement, including gestures, to understand its importance.

Watch the Video

Gather and learn

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. 

Learn more

Indigenous languages books added to our permanent collection

Indigenous languages have long been underrepresented in literature — especially in children's books. This year the Library worked with aspiring Treaty 7 writers to start changing that, helping them create children's books in their traditional languages.

Learn about the authors and their books

Elders from different Nations are available in the Elders’ Guidance Circle.

Anyone is welcome to visit the Elders, who can provide education, storytelling, and a spiritual component to programs and services, including ceremony and smudges. Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation with Elders' honoraria provided by the Calgary Foundation.

Indigenous artists contributed art for Indigenous Placemaking.

Visit Central, Forest Lawn, and Signal Hill libraries to view both traditional and contemporary art installations by Indigenous artists. Supported by Suncor Energy Foundation.

View Indigenous Placemaking

A Library card for everyone

The Calgary Public Library is committed to providing exceptional Library 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.