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  • TELUS World of Science- Edmonton is proud to steward on the lands of Treaty 6 and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4 that we recognize as the traditional and contemporary homes of many Indigenous peoples. We are committed to promoting Indigenous Knowledge and making it an integral part of our learning environment.

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Included with Science Centre Admission

All Ages

Included with Science Centre Admission

All Ages

Included with Science Centre Admission

Experiences

Indigenous Traditional Room

The Indigenous Traditional Room is a welcoming place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather. It features local Indigenous artwork, ceremonial drums, blankets, and sacred medicines. There is also teachings by the in-house Elder and Land-Based Navigator.

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Legends of the Northern Sky

Embark on a journey with the Indigenous peoples of the western plains of Canada and share in their wisdom conveyed by the stars.

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Northern Lights Indigenous Cultural Space

Learn about the Indigenous culture through daily hands on crafts and teachings from a Land Based Navigator and Indigenous Education Specialist. Located in the Nature Exchange.

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LANCE CARDINAL MURAL

"amiskwacîwâskahikan" means beaver hills house, the Cree name used to describe Edmonton and surrounding areas. The beaver also represents one of the 7 Sacred Grandfather Teachings, Wisdom. In this image we see the wisdom and science of our traditional land-based learning, with the elders teaching us the stories and wisdom of the stars and the natural science of Mother Earth.

Knowledge

The Bison Project - Video

In collaboration with the Canadian Light Source, a research facility at the University of Saskatchewan we will be talking about bison. Bernie Petit, the Education Professional for Indigenous programs will walk us through the historical importance of bison and how postsecondary students are gathering samples.

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Medicinal Plants - Video

Students will learn about some plants commonly found in Alberta and their multitude of uses, including in traditional medicines. Students will then participate in activities, including a scavenger hunt to find medicinal plants in their neighbourhoods.

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Indigenous Night Sky Stories

What do you see when looking up the stars? Are there stories that you have heard in school, from family, or in movies? In this video we are going to look at the nighttime sky and discuss some stories from Indigenous groups across Turtle Island.

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National Indigenous History Month: Smudging

Smudging is a cultural ceremony practiced by a wide variety of Indigenous people in Canada and other parts of the world. Smudging is the practice of burning various medicinal plants to cleanse ourselves and connect us with our spirit and with the Creator.

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Introduction to Understanding Protocol

In Indigenous cultures, we have our belief system*, value system*, and principal system*. Our cultural practices are our way of expressing those values, principals, and protecting them.

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Indigenous Education Team

Lynn Lush

Land-Based Navigator

Natasha Donahue

Indigenous Education Specialist

A significant role of the Indigenous Education Team has been to work with the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton's Education Team to establish meaningful and authentic science programs that compliment the Alberta curriculum and connects Indigenous Ways of Knowing with contemporary science. To complete the circle of knowledge TELUS World of Science is honoured to have Elder Gilman Cardinal as the science centre's in-house Elder.

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