Aug. 16, 2023

Tipi Training offers deep dive into Indigenous history

UCalgary employees earn Enterprise Learning Management credits while learning more about culture in this transformative workshop
Members of the Office of Indigenous Engagement and other community members work to set up a tipi
Register online for this immersive land based learning opportunity UCalgary

University of Calgary employees can now gain Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) credits by completing a Tipi Training workshop provided by the Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE).

This workshop presents an opportunity for diverse campus community members to deepen their knowledge of Indigenous history, understand the cultural significance of land and build relationships with one another.

Two ii' taa'poh'to'p tipis, named after UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, will be supplied by the OIE as their stewards. Both tipis bear a design created and gifted to the OIE by Piikani Elder Dr. Reg Crowshoe in June 2018.

"The tipi represents the ethical space for the [Indigenous] Strategy and is a place to build relatives," says Crowshoe, Hon. LLD’01, a ceremonial leader and cultural adviser to UCalgary.

Facilitated by Treaty 7 Traditional Knowledge Keepers, the Tipi Training program will include step-by-step instruction on how to set up and take down tipis in addition to protocols and best practices for tipi care. Cultural teachings will take place inside the tipi about the significance and history of these sacred lodges.

As part of tipi protocols, workshop participants will have the opportunity to nourish themselves through smudge (prayer), enjoy traditional tea, and snack on bannock. The goal of the program is to foster an ethical space for dialogue by creating a safe place to share ideas that help steer the process of transformation and renewal.

The next Tipi Training workshop will be taught by Piikani Nation member Anthony Crowshoe and will take place Aug. 24 in the green space near Spo’pi House. This training is mandatory for campus community members who plan on using tipis, including setting them up and taking them down. Successful completion of the workshop will qualify participants for setup at their own events with approval and collaboration of OIE.

To register for this immersive land-based learning opportunity and engage with Indigenous history and culture, visit the Enterprise Learning Management course listing directly (CAS login required). For more information, contact cultural protocols co-ordinator Allyson Dennehy.

Date of Workshop: Thursday, Aug. 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Green Space 18, main campus
Registration is required

ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy, is a commitment to deep evolutionary transformation by reimagining ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being. Walking parallel paths together, “in a good way,” UCalgary is moving toward genuine reconciliation and Indigenization.

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