TELUS Spark Science Centre acknowledges it is situated on the ancestral lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) which includes the Kainai, Piikani, Siksika First Nations, and the Blackfeet of Montana, who have made this land home for thousands of years. In 1877, Treaty 7 was signed by members of the Niitsitapi, the Tsuutina First Nation, the Îyârhe Nakoda (inclusive of Wesley, Chiniki, and Bearspaw First Nation), alongside the Government of Canada. The City of Calgary is home to Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, all newcomers, and settlers. We are all Treaty people.
This science centre sits within a natural travel, migration and hunting corridor. It leads people and animals to the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, a traditional and current trading and gathering area for the Niitsitapi and all people that call Calgary home. We are grateful to the Treaty 7 Nations who have been caretakers and stewards of this land, allowing us to thrive on this land today, where many cultures live together in peace and respect.
We are grateful to Elder Casey Eagle Speaker, Sorrel Horse, of Kainai First Nation, for guiding us through the development of this land acknowledgement.