A Blackfoot home in the middle of campus: Teepee raised at University of Calgary

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A teepee was set up at the University of Calgary Monday to welcome students.

“It is beautiful to see a Blackfoot house in the middle a university campus. It’s a great idea. Julius Hirsch, a U of C student, said that it makes the campus look great and highlights the diversity of Treaty 7 people.

Reg Crowshoe is a Piikani Nation elder who was also the U of C Indigenous strategy advisor. He is proud to have built the teepee.

” “It’s visual for our youth,” he stated. “But I also hope that it sparks some sort of support for Indigenous oral systems, so we can teach our young people.”

Crowshoe hopes the teepee helps welcome both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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“I’m proud for our young people to see it and feel at home,” he said.

“When I first came to this campus back in the early 1970s, I felt so alone because there was nothing like this. There were no visuals and you were among a sea of people learning by writing. You were the only one who could speak.

” You’re asking, “How can I survive?” ‘”

People set up a teepee at the University of Calgary on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

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For Indigenous students like Hirsch, this will allow them to not only be welcomed but also encourage people to find out more about their past.

” It would make [Indigenous students], feel more at home and more comfortable. They can be themselves and not feel ashamed, embarrassed or uncomfortable about their past. He said that this is a great way to take pride in your heritage.

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“I really hope this makes people want to get involved and educate themselves more about Canadian and Indigenous affairs and relationships.”

The teepee will remain up until Wednesday.

– With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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