About these conversations:
There is a need to have a physical space in Calgary for Indigenous Peoples and supporters to gather, heal, learn, celebrate and practice Indigenous ways of knowing and being. A group of diverse people started the conversation many years ago and this idea has progressed into a registered Indigenous Gathering Place Society with much community support and engagement, including Indigenous Elder and youth guidance under traditional spiritual practices and values. As we move toward securing a culturally and historically-appropriate location, we are continuing conversations with those who would benefit from and use an Indigenous Gathering Place in Calgary.
We want to hear from as many people as possible about what the Gathering Place should have and be in order to sustain us for the future.
Comments will be reported anonymously (not attributed to specific individuals or organizations). We plan to share what we’ve heard in April 2019, and we will continue to seek input as the Gathering Place project moves forward.
How to participate:
Step 1: Read or listen to the Visioning Exercise on the next page of this survey. If you can, close your eyes and picture yourself in the space of an Indigenous Gathering Place. Feel free to read or listen to the prompts a few times to help form a clear picture in your mind.
Step 2: Once you have formed a clear picture in your mind, answer the eight questions following the Visioning Exercise. We are interested in your unique vision of a Gathering Place and want to know how you prefer to communicate and what communities you are connected to.
Step 3: Record your answers by filling out the following survey questions.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and hopes for the Indigenous Gathering Place. We very much appreciate your support!