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 alayna.manyguns@calgarylibrary.ca or at 403-221-2073.

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. 

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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 Library to view both traditional and contemporary art installations throughout the building. Indigenous Placemaking is currently expanding to two community libraries and a new space in Central Library. 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.

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Indigenous Ambassadors at the Library

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

International Year of Indigenous Languages

The United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. View Library programs, resources, and book titles that recognize this event.

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