Indigenous Science Road Trips

Indigenous Science Road Trips

Learn on the land with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

WHAT

Learn on the land from Knowledge Keepers and Elders

WHERE

Lake Minnewanka (Sept 25)
Okotoks Erratic (Oct 2)

PRICE

Prices vary with each road trip

RECOMMENDED AGE

All children must be accompanied by a guardian who is 18+

Lake Minnewanka Storytelling | Saturday, September 25 - SOLD OUT!

You are invited to learn on the land with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Morley and on the shores of Lake Minnewanka!

This storytelling experience will involve stopping at two locations for a full-day experience. The journey will start by meeting near Morley, where you will learn about Indigenous Science in a tipi, and walk to a nearby waterfall. Then everyone will drive to Lake Minnewanka, where a Knowledge Keeper will share sacred water stories and knowledge about this significant place.

Details

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM MDT

Where: Morley and Lake Minnewanka (Morley is ~ 1 hour from Calgary and Lake Minnewanka is about ~1.5 hours from Calgary.)

Price: $85/car (Up to a cohort of 4 people max with limited capacity for Lake Minnewanka Cruise, recommended for ages 12+ due to the length of this experience, walking distance and access to washrooms. This price does not include a Banff National Park Pass and will be required to drive to Lake Minnewanka.)

Recommended age: 12+

The Experience

Join Elders and Knowledge Keepers as they share traditional stories and legends about the Bow Valley area near Morley and by the shores of Lake Minnewanka.

What's Included

  • Storytelling in a Stoney tipi and interpretive walk near Morley
  • Stories about the spirit of water and place at Lake Minnewanka
  • Cruise on Lake Minnewanka and stories about the spirit of the water and area

How to participate

  • Register for a ticket to secure your spot
  • Arrange your own transportation to and from the Morley Meeting Spot and Lake Minnewanka
  • Check your email for additional information one week prior to the event
  • Wear clothing for variable weather and shoes for walking on varied terrain Note: This program takes place entirely outside and there is no shelter at the Morley Meeting Spot and Lake Minnewanka!  
  • Pack a bag or backpack that is easy to carry with a mask (if needed for current COVID-19 restrictions), sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, bug spray, layers for sun and rain, walking shoes, water shoes or rubber boots for a walk near a waterfall, lunch, snacks and 2-3 water bottles as there will not be access to food or drinks along the way to Lake Minnewanka.  
  • Pack a light folding chair or blanket that is easy to carry
  • Bring proof of vaccination, documentation of a medical exemption or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service as per restrictions from Alberta Health Services

Event Guidelines

  • All children must be accompanied by a guardian who is 18+. Recommended for ages 12+ due to the length of this experience, walking distance and access to washrooms
  • There will be portable washrooms available at the location near Morley and washrooms at Lake Minnewanka
  • There is limited access to food near Morley and at Lake Minnewanka. There will also not be time to stop between the Morley location and Lake Minnewanka for food or sightseeing
  • This event takes place outdoors on varied terrain and will involve walking up some rocks and hills. There is no shelter available onsite at the Morley location and Lake Minnewanka. This is a participate at your own risk experience
  • If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or severe weather, all participants will be notified via email up to 24 hours before and given a full refund. 

Storytelling at Okotoks Erratic | Saturday, October 2

You are invited to learn about the significance of the Okotoks Erratic or Ohkotok (meaning Big Rock)!

During this outdoor Indigenous science experience, you will hear Blackfoot stories of Ohkotok from Garret C. Smith, a member of the Piikani and Kainai Tribes, alongside a Blackfoot Elder. How are these stories connected to the Western science stories of the erratic?

Details

When: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Where: Okotok Erratic - Big Rock (~1 hour from Calgary, city centre)

Price: $85/car (Up to a cohort of 4, recommended for ages 8+due to the listening involved and length of experience)

Recommended age: 8+

The Experience

Join Garret C. Smith and Blackfoot Elder as they share traditional stories and Indigenous Science about the Okotoks Erratic Rock also known as Okatokor the Big Rock.

What's Included

  • Join Garret C. Smith and a Blackfoot Elder at the Big Rock as they share stories of Indigenous Science about the journey of Ohkotok (Big Rock), its connections to Trickster, its animal helpers, the morals within the story, how it connects to the glacier story, and the secrets Ohkotok holds that may be unveiled that day!
  • Digital map
  • Selection of must-see locations with a science twist

How to participate

  • Register for a ticket to secure your spot
  • Arrange your own transportation to and from the Okotoks Erratic Rock on Saturday, October 2nd 
  • Check your email for additional information one week prior to the event
  • Wear clothing for variable weather and shoes for walking on varied terrain. Note: This program takes place entirely outside and there is no shelter at the Okotoks Erratic Rock! 
  • Pack a bag or backpack that is easy to carry with a mask (if needed for current COVID-19 restrictions), sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, bug spray, layers for sun and rain, walking shoes, snacks and a water bottle as there will not be access to food or drinks at the Okotoks Erratic Rock
  • There is no shelter available at the Okotoks Erratic site
  • Pack a light folding chair or blanket that is easy to carry 
  • Bring proof of vaccination, documentation of a medical exemption or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service as per restrictions from Alberta Health Services

Garrett C. Smith

Garret C. Smith is a proud member of the Piikani and Kainai Tribes of the Blackfoot Nation in Southern Alberta, actor, activist, writer and youth support advocate.

A 2013 graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre located in Toronto, Ontario; the former Interim Artistic Director for Making Treaty 7, and is the Founder of the "Mohkinstsis Healing Camp" previously located in downtown Calgary, Alberta.

Event Guidelines

  • All children must be accompanied by a guardian who is 18+. Recommended for ages 8+ due to the listening involved and length of this experience
  • There will be an outhouse available near the Okotoks Erratic Parking Lot
  • This event takes place outdoors on varied terrain and will involve walking up some rocks and hills. There is no shelter available onsite at the Okotoks Erratic Rock. This is a participate at your own risk experience
  • If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or severe weather, all participants will be notified via email up to 24 hours before and given a full refund

More Information

    • Health and Safety Guidelines

      • Science has never mattered more. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19, you should:

      • Stay home if you are exhibiting any COVID19 symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone sick with COVID-19 within the last 14 days

      • Help prevent the spread by following any current Alberta Health Covid-19 Guidelines

      • Self-screen using the Alberta COVID-19 Self-Assessment

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