Ways of Connecting

Relationships, partnerships, connections to land and place

Transforming Ways of Connecting is about the land and humanity’s relationship with it, and about partnerships between the University of Calgary and Indigenous communities.


  1. Design and construct a new building dedicated to Indigenous peoples’ knowledges and education. This space would house Indigenous programs, promote Indigenous knowledges in learning, teaching and research, and provide ceremonial space that welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff, faculty, students and guests; and house the Centre for Indigenous Oral Traditions and Languages, promoting this work across disciplines.
  2. Engage with Indigenous communities and other post-secondary institutions as key partners in the development of strong Indigenous educational programs and pathways to further education.
  3. Continue the Gathering Stories community dialogues series and further develop a sustainable and ongoing plan for community engagement, an important aspect to mark progress, set and check direction, and monitor the evolution of the Strategy.
  4. Engage Indigenous alumni and develop a specific alumni-mentorship program for Indigenous students.
  5. Provide annual progress reports regarding Strategy progress to the General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors.
  6. Commit to a "full-circle" community dialogue at least once every four years to assess the progress on the recommendations of the Indigenous Strategy.