Oki, Amba’wastitch, Danit’ada
Welcome to the Iniskim CentreThe Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while also raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that 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. We recognize and respect the diversity of all Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We also increase awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University.
With any program you choose, the Iniskim Centre helps you prepare to succeed in your academic pursuits and future career.
Our dedicated staff encourage you throughout your program of study, providing resources such as academic and cultural support, academic
advising, writing support and scholarship information.
Prepare to pursue a post-secondary education with three levels of study that provide upgrading in math, English, native studies and science.
Indigenous Housing Program
Join a supportive community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students while you live on campus. There are single and family units at affordable rates. All students in the program gather for monthly social events.
Medicine Trail Program
This program provides cultural support to staff and students at Mount Royal. There’s space and resources to smudge every morning in the Centre, which also hosts ceremonies throughout the year. Take part in group cultural teachings or spend time with our coordinator, who is here to support and guide you. The coordinator can also connect your professors with wisdom keepers and elders.
Student Success Program
The student success coordinator mentors students to help you achieve your goals. Resources — academic support, peer mentorship, counselling services, financial information, instructor office hours, workshops, tutorials and more — are available to you.
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.
Bring your whole self to UniversityYour Mount Royal University experience will be as original as you are. With unique programs for Indigenous students, cultural experiences and an education that opens up a world of opportunities, you belong here.
The work of indigenization and decolonization at Mount Royal bears importance for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students across campus. The five goals of Mount Royal’s Indigenous Strategic Plan indicate the numerous steps we are taking to foster a respectful and inclusive learning environment, and to establish and sustain support services and resources for current and prospective Indigenous students.