TELUS Spark Calgary's Science Centre

Indigenous Ways of Knowing 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 and with science.

Humans have flourished alongside the land with the use of science and mathematics for thousands of years. Think about agriculture, which thrives through companion planting and geometry. Or our senses in relationship with the horizon, the zenith and movement of constellations, which guide navigation across land and sea.

Science becomes more relevant and relatable when we open up our minds and hearts to ways of knowing from the land, sky and spirit.

Indigenous Guiding Framework

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.

Resources: Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Reconnecting with the Land

TELUS Spark Science Centre acknowledges the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), the Tsuutina, and the Îethka Nakoda. We are grateful for the caretakers of these Lands, also home to Métis Nation Region 3, and all who thrive where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet.

Land Acknowledgement