There are over 500 places in Calgary devoted culture and spirituality, and not one is specifically intended for Indigenous Peoples to gather. Until now.
Of the Indigenous populations in Calgary, 44% are under 25 years old.
3. City of Calgary Demographics
Alberta has the third largest Indigenous population among other provinces and territories in Canada.
1. Statistics Canada, Population and Demographic Distribution-Aboriginal Statistics at a Glance: 2nd Edition, Pg, 5.
Calgary has the fifth largest urban Indigenous population in Canada.
2. Statistics Canada, Aboriginal Peoples Fact Sheet for Alberta, Pg. 1.
“My dream for Indigenous Gathering Place is one that is filled with children, youth and adult books regarding culture written by Indigenous authors and allies. It will be a good and safe space for sharing, learning and growing.”
“I can smell sage and buffalo hide. I feel a sense of peace but also community children laughing, drums, a voice of an Elder. It needs to come from a real place, where community is part of its creation every step of the way.”
The Board of the Indigenous Gathering Society of Calgary is continuing to work towards a partnership with the City of Calgary and to continue to explore potential locations. We are appreciative of this work during the many challenges posed by the pandemic.
A future event to update the community and members is in the planning stages, likely, in collaboration with the United Way and the elders. We will be doing another mail-out with details as the Fall approaches.
Co-Chair, Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary