Oki (Welcome) to the Iniskim Centre
On March 14, 2018, The Iniskim Centre moved to T110. Please see the map above for directions on how to access T110 from Level 1 East Gate.
Our contact numbers remain the same, 403.440.5596, and you can continue to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us with any questions you may have concerning our new location or our services.
For the past few years, we have needed more space for student programming, meetings, a direct connection to outdoors, a place to raise our lodges, offices for staff and counsellors and a place that is closer to the Office of Academic Indigenization.
How long will the move take?
The move will take two days (March 14 and 15) with the majority of it completed by Friday, March 16. It may take another two weeks to settle in and remove extra furniture, to hang art and organize the furnishings and the student areas but please feel free to stop by the Centre anytime after March 15.
Will all the same services be offered at the new location?
All of the current services will remain. These services are coordinated by the Student Success Coordinator, the Medicine Trail Coordinator, the Indigenous Housing and Events Coordinator and the ASTEP Administrator. The Aboriginal Education Program (soon to be renamed the Indigenous University Bridging Program) will operate in the Centre. There will be a dedicate space for counselling and a room for smudging.
Will there be any interruptions to the services offered at the Iniskim Centre during the move?
As the offices, student spaces, and labs move on March 14 and March 15, only the scheduled Student Learning Session will happen in the former centre. We will resume our usual operations on Friday, March 15. Please note that our March 21 Open House at 2 p.m. will be the first event in the new space (T110) with student awards as the main agenda.
The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Mount Royal University is located on the traditional lands of the Blackfoot people, the Niitsitapi. The centre recognizes and respects the diversity of all Indigenous peoples of Canada. The centre also increases the awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University.
- Aboriginal Education Program
- Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program
- Indigenous Housing Program
- Medicine Trail Program
- Cultural and spiritual advising
- Academic advising
- Computer lab
- Resource room
The Indigenous Strategic Plan: Report to our Communities
And an Honouring of David Docherty
The Mount Royal community in invited to join us on April 26th as we launch the Indigenous Strategic Plan Report to the Community and honour David Docherty with a special ceremony where he will be gifted with a Blackfoot name.
Naming of the Iniskim CentreLong ago, food had become scarce for the people of the plains. The inii (buffalo) showed compassion for them and sent a message through Weasel Woman. As she was collecting water from a river near her camp, she heard a stone calling to her from the bushes.
The stone told her how to perform a ceremony to call the buffalo towards a pisskan (buffalo jump). Weasel Woman took the Iniskim stone back to her camp and told the spiritual leaders about the ceremony. The people performed the ceremony and soon they began to have enough food, better shelter and tools by using all parts of the buffalo.
The Iniskim Centre is located in room C201, above Starbucks at the East Gate.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.