Iniskim Centre

Oki (Welcome) to the Iniskim Centre

The Iniskim Centre is an academic support centre for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. It was created specifically to increase enrollment and retention of Aboriginal students. While increasing awareness of distinct cultures, history and protocols, the Iniskim Centre offers a wide range of programs and services. 

Programs

Aboriginal Education Program

• Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program 

• Aboriginal Student Housing Program

• Medicine Trail Program

Services

• Cultural and spiritual advising
• Academic advising
• Counseling
• Tutoring
• Computer lab
• Resource room

 

Events

Indigenous Awareness Lunch & Learn

Topics:

February 3, 2016: "Local First Nations"

February 10, 2016: "Elders"

February 17, 2016: "Tobacco"

February 24, 2016: "Traditional Medicines"

March 2, 2016: "Seven Sacred Teachings"

March 9, 2016: "Treaties"

March 16, 2016: "Status & Non-status Indian"

March 23, 2016: "8th Fire Prophecy"

March 30, 2016: "Current Issues"

April 6, 2016: "Medicine Wheel"

 

Indigenous Education Lecture One, Decolonizing Canada Speakers Series:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Beyond

"Why Truth and Reconciliation?  The History and Legacy of Residential Schools in Canada"

Jennifer Pettit, Chair, Department of Humanities, Mount Royal University

Feb. 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. / Ross Glen Hall / Register: mru.ca/trc1

 

"Committing Sociology: Biopolitics and Aboriginal Exclusion in Contemporary Canadian Society"

Matt MacLellan, Post-Doctoral Researcher, McGill University

Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Jenkins Theatre / Register: mru.ca/trc2

 

"Indigenization and Reconciliation"

David Newhouse, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University

March 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. / Ross Glen Hall / Register: mru.ca/trc3

 

"Restoring Balance: Canada's Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Context"

Bev Jacobs, President of the Native Women's Association of Canada

March 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. / Lincoln Park Room / Register: mru.ca/trc4

 

"Learning from the Land and Indigenous Education"

John Borrows, Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership, University of Victoria

March 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. / Ross Glen Hall / Register: mru.ca/trc6

 

" Indigenization and Indigenous Education:

Alex Wilson, Director of Aboriginal Educaion Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

April 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. / Ross Glen Hall

 

"Calgary Peace Prize Award Ceremony"

Presentation of Calgary Peace Prize to Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners

April 7, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. / Bella Concert Hall

Ticket sales go live on Monday February 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am:  http://tickets.mru.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=61

 

"(Re)Thinking Reconciliation: A Roundtable Discussion"

Participants: Dr. Marie Wilson (TRC Commissioner), Erica Lee (Idle No More), Sean Carleton (PhD Candidate, Trent University),

and Chelsea Vowel (Lawyer and Activist).

April 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Room Y224

 

For more information: mru.ca/artsspeakerseries

The series is organized by Indigenous Studies and The Peace Studies Initiative, Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Naming of the Iniskim Centre

Iniskim (e-nis-kim) means Buffalo Calling Stone and is one of the traditional Blackfoot stories. Respecting protocol, Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal sought and received permission from respected Blackfoot leaders to use the name.

Long 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.