The Cultural Model
The following cultural symbols are reflective of Indigenous pictographs and petroglyphs from sacred archaeological sites in southern Alberta. The symbols need to be understood from within a specific Indigenous cultural context that is distinct from contemporary or post-colonial interpretations.
In addition to the guiding principle of working "in a good way," the following concepts reflect the change processes built into the foundation of the Indigenous Strategy:
Represents ”the ceremonial leader or holy person.” The symbol reflects that our transformation is a progressive and evolutionary journey, guided by Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and validated through ceremony.
Represents human beings seeking change and renewal. In a ceremonial context, this symbol reflects the process of renewal through ceremonial reflection, leading to self-actualization. The symbol is applied to the university as a living entity.
The Ethical Space
An open teepee canvas with the symbol of the Morning Star represents the shared, ethical space for dialogue — an equitable place that is inclusive, respectful and exploratory; a safe place to share ideas that help guide and shape the process of renewal and transformation.
The 27 recommendations within ii' taa'poh'to'p are divided into four focus areas: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Doing, Ways of Connecting and Ways of Being
Ways of Doing
Policies, procedures and practices
Represents parallel practices and protocols in terms of Indigenous ways of doing and practicing, including the concept of doing things ”in a good way.” The Pipe represents validated processes and agreements, and the smudge is a ceremonial process for clearing the path or a “calling to order.”
Ways of Being
Campus identity, inclusivity, leadership and engagement
Represents community as a whole, and is inclusive of all human beings and living entities. It also reflects ancestors, present community members and future generations. The symbol is based on principles of communal responsibility and reciprocity and reflects concepts of respect, dignity, honesty and inclusivity.