Writing Symbols Lodge

The University of Calgary welcomes, respects, and supports the rich diversity of Indigenous learners, their communities, cultural traditions, and aspirations in post-secondary education.

About us

We provide a culturally appropriate environment that encourages and supports the success of Indigenous students in their pursuit of knowledge and higher education.

Writing Symbols Lodge provides academic, personal, and cultural support services and programs to prospective and current First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, and offers a welcoming and supportive learning environment for the whole campus community.

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MacEwan Student Centre (MSC 390Z)

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 403.220.6034
Email: writingsymbolslodge@ucalgary.ca

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Applications open: Intern, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

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Class of 2022: Family and friends gather to honour Indigenous graduates

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Check out the new Writing Symbols Lodge community bookshelf

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Welcome, Valerie McDougall

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Prospective Students

The University of Calgary offers excellent academic programs, and provides a welcome and supportive learning environment for FNMI students.

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Current Students

Access culturally based services and engagement opportunities that enhance the student experience and support academic success.

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Community

We work with the campus community, FNMI organizations and communities, corporate partners, and other educational institutions.

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Indigenous Grad Celebration

The annual Indigenous graduation celebrates the success of graduating Indigenous students.

Find out more about the Indigenous Grad Celebration

Writing Symbols Lodge logo

The original Writing Symbols Lodge logo, designed by Mary Bohn and April Boyd.

Our history

Writing Symbols Lodge (formerly The Native Centre) has existed since 1972 and was established as a student services unit in 1988.

The logo associated with the Native Centre and the First Nations Student Association (now the Indigenous Students' Council) was designed by former students, Mary Bohn and April Boyd, and gifted to the Native Centre. The logo design incorporates several important cultural symbols.

The seven circles at the top of the logo signify the seven stars of the Big Dipper which, in Indigenous mythology, represent the seven brothers. The stripes symbolize the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights). The bird is a stylistic perception of the eagle, a symbol of aspiration. The mountains are symbolic of the ranges embroidering the prairies, where Indigenous cultures thrived for many moons. The tipis symbolize our home and our land where the lords of the plains, the buffalo, graced life. The four directions of the earth are represented by the axis. The eagle feathers represent the seasons and phases of the moon. The circles in the tipis are the dusty stars, the birth of our spiritual heritage. The earth symbolizes us, reaching to our potential in the Canadian Mosaic.