Oki (Welcome) to the Iniskim Centre
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 Student Housing Program
- Medicine Trail Program
- Cultural and spiritual advising
- Academic advising
- Computer lab
- Resource room
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.