Indigenous Awareness Week 2019


March 18-22 is Indigenous Awareness week

University of Calgary's Indigenous Students Council presents Indigenous Awareness Week with more than 20 events and activities that promote listening, collaboration, and celebration,  both on and off campus.

Explore the full schedule of events, and take some time to learn more about Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting and being.


Highlights include:


Opening ceremony

March 18, 10 to 11 a.m.
South Courtyard, MacEwan Student Centre

Featuring traditional hand drumming and ceremonial dancing presented by members of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. A celebratory lunch and slideshow to follow at the Native Centre (RSVP required for lunch).


Film festival

Throughout the week, see narrative and documentary films made by some of the best talent in Treaty 7, including: The Healing(Dir. Tito Gomez), Elder in the Making (Dir. Chris Hsiung and Cowboy Smithx), Treaty 7 Film Collective and Napi Film Collective showcase and Noirfoot Narrative Labs movie premiere. See the schedule for times and locations.

More details on the Film "The Healing" Here


Indigenous entrepreneurship panel

March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Scurfield Hall 473

Hear from (and network with) entrepreneurs Riel Houle, CEO of Pale Horse Tipi Camp; Shauna Bellerose, CEO of the Power of Choice Program; and Haskayne student Richard Sparvier, CEO of Drum Beat Productions. Moderated by Ch'nook Scholar, Mackenzie Beerbaum.


Indigenous students’ arts market pop-up

March 22, 1 to 3 p.m. 
Arts Lounge (Social Sciences 103)

Focusing on showcasing Indigenous student artisans, browse the cultural manifestations of truth and decolonization.


Wrap-up party

March 22, 7 to 11 p.m.
The Den

Celebrate contemporary Indigenous culture and build community to wrap up the week, with DJs BLKFT, DJ Sonidef, and Painted Horse, as well as DJ Kookum from the Lower Mainland. All are welcome! Ticket proceeds go to supporting Indigenous Students’ Council initiatives.