University of Calgary unveils Indigenous strategy after two years of community dialogue
The new strategy called ii’ taa’ poh’ to’ p is a step toward reconciliation and revitalizing relationships with Treaty 7 Nations. The content of the strategy was built through multiple community dialogues, focus groups, and a public survey amounting to 2,200 points of contact over two years.
The process was informed by both an Elder Advisory Council and a steering committee to produce a strategy grounded in the important Indigenous concept referred to as “in a good way.” At the recommendation of Traditional Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous-based themes from the strategy were translated into cultural symbols from the southern Alberta region that were conferred by Piikuni elder and U of C Senate member Dr. Reg Crowshoe.
The Blackfoot name of the strategy means a “place to rejuvenate and re-energize during a journey.” The strategy aims to shape the institution for generations to come.