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.

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Welcome Vaughan McMillan to the WSL team

Welcome Vaughan McMillan to the WSL team

We are excited to welcome Vaughan McMillan (she/her) to the Writing Symbols Lodge as Program Advisor (Indigenous) from the Faculty of Arts. Vaughan is currently working in the Arts Students’ Centre and will also be providing program advising specifically for Indigenous Faculty of Arts students at the Writing Symbols Lodge every Wednesday morning from 10 to noon. Please join us in welcoming her to our team and pop by and say hi! If you need any program advising for Faculty of Arts programs, please email Vaughan at vaughan.mcmillan@ucalgary.ca.

Imagining Renewal: ii' taa'poh'to'p journey update

Imagining Renewal: ii' taa'poh'to'p journey update

Celebrate Imagining Renewal: ii’ taa’poh’to’p 2021 journey update, #UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, on Nov. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. This online event will share highlights from 2021 and showcase new and existing programs for the community. Click to register >>

Wednesday Wellness Circle

Wednesday Wellness Circle

Join the Wellness Circle every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. for an Indigenous Wellness Circle discussion with your peers. Each week, we will explore a new wellness topic within the Circle which will offer you an opportunity to learn from one another in a supportive, informal environment. Join today >>

WSL Academic Support

WSL Academic Support (New)

Do you need academic support with writing personal statements, setting goals, reading strategies, study habits, stress management and time management? Connect with Gerald Ratt, our Academic Development Specialist (Indigenous & Equity deserving students) at the WSL for one-on-one in-person or virtual support every Monday from  1 to 4 p.m, Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. To get support, email gerald.ratt@ucalgary.ca.

Writing Support

Writing Support Service (WSS)

Do you need support on your final papers, essays, critical reflections, discussion post, and more? Join Dr. Telford-Anthony (T.A.) Pattinson in the Red Lodge every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (in-person and on Zoom) Dr. T.A. will be available to help you set productive writing goals, review your work and answer all your writing-related questions.

Learn more and register »

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Notice to First Nation students

First Nation students funded by third-party sponsors, please ensure that you follow the new payment process for your tuition fees. For questions and more information, please contact us writingsymbolslodge@ucalgary.ca.

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Email us at writingsymbolslodge@ucalgary.ca to book.

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Our upcoming events

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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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 Graduation Banquet and Pow-wow celebrates the success of graduating Indigenous students.

Find out more about the Indigenous Grad Celebration