The Library, advancing the goals of University’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, and in support of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is working to establish a strong position within the campus and community as a place where Indigenous ways of knowing are given prominence next to other mediums available to students and our community of learners.
We actively and intentionally foster Indigenous student learning while facilitating access for the community to engage in big questions and conversations around Indigenous concerns and issues.
With the opening of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the Library is thrilled to be able to add to campus and community learning spaces that are open and welcoming to members of the Indigenous community.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre is the first campus building to include Blackfoot signage recognizing that Mount Royal University is situated in an ancient and storied place within the hereditary lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Iyarhe Nakoda, Tsuut’ina and Métis Nations. We extend deep thanks to Mary Weaselfat and Leo Fox for their assistance with these translations.
We are committed to making space for knowledge and curricula that integrates Indigenous ways of knowing and to respect and embrace Indigenous knowledge. Our Indigenous community engagement and outreach involves partnering with individuals and communities to offer creative programming that supports and integrates Indigenous teachings and practices, and honours Indigenous experiences and identities.
One initiative the Library plans to introduce is an Elders Circle — a program that invites Indigenous knowledge keepers to share teachings and Indigenous education with our students and faculty. Programming will include speaker series, mentoring, special events and engagement with unique collections and thinking, beyond the medium of printed texts, to ensure that Indigenous ways of knowing are honoured and recognized in this community gathering place of learning.
Through relationship building and creative initiatives, the Library hopes to foster new collaborations to support community-based digitization projects and specialized collection development initiatives around topics such as murdered and missing Indigenous women, Indigenous languages, local oral histories, etc.