TELUS Spark Calgary's Science Centre

Indigenous Science

There are many ways to learn about science!

“Learning science and mathematics through relationships with the land is an ancient process that is holistic, transformational and relevant today.”

Casey Eagle Speaker, Kainai Elder

Science is traditionally taught and learned from a Western worldview, but there are many ways of knowing and connecting through knowledge with science. Science becomes more relevant and relatable when our minds and hearts are open to the what of knowing from the land, sky and spirit.

Indigenous Science Programs, Events and Resources


Tipis & Telescopes 2022

Coming all the way from Manitoba, Cree Knowledge Keeper Wilfred Buck has brought Tipis and Telescopes! Everyone is invited to come for a weekend of star stories, ceremony, Indigenous science and community.

Listen to star stories while gazing at the Milky Way under the dark of a new moon, from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and NASA scientists.

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Blackfoot Skies: Makoisokoyi

This short dome film is an adaptation of an original Siksikaitsitapi story gifted to the science centre by the late Dan Weasel Moccasin. His family, including Pete Weasel Moccasin, helped to create a limited-edition book of these original Blackfoot stories. The stories originated in the Blackfoot language and were told for hundreds of years by the Niitsitapi. Directed and written by Tito Gomez.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing

The Circle of Life represents how all things are connected and relational. The four parts represent the four directions, four sacred medicines, four stages of life, four ways of being, four winds and many more. Each of these four parts shape the TELUS Spark Science Centre Indigenous Action Plan.

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Indigenous Science Night

Experience first-hand, the science behind preparing for the winter months and see the ways in which Indigenous people give reciprocity to the land.

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Reconnecting with the Land

TELUS Spark Science Centre gratefully acknowledges that it sits on the ancestral lands of the Niitsitapi (Gainai, Piikani, Siksika and the Blackfeet of Montana), the Tsuut'ina, Îethka and Nakoda. Moh'kins'tsis (Calgary) is also home to Métis Nation Region 3, settlers and newcomers.

Land Acknowledgement