yaqakiǂʔit̓qawxaxamki “The Place Where People Gather” welcomes you!

Located at the edge of the Cranbrook Community Forest, yaqakiǂʔit̓qawxaxamki is on traditional Ktunaxa territory and is surrounded by medicinal plants native to the region.

yaqakiǂʔit̓qawxaxamki has upper and lower levels. Each space offers unique opportunities for student, staff, faculty and community engagement. yaqakiǂʔit̓qawxaxamki is considered a safe haven where students, staff, faculty, and community members feel welcome, respected and engaged. Respect is the underlying principle of the yaqakiǂʔit̓qawxaxamki and all scheduled activities must celebrate diversity, inclusiveness and Indigenous knowledge.

Upper Level

  • Open for faculty, staff and community members to schedule classes and host meetings and events
  • Chairs should always be set up in a circle to promote an Indigenous style learning
  • Equipped with smartboard for access to power point presentations and internet

Lower Level

  • Indigenous Student Lounge which includes: comfortable study space, open kitchen and workstations
  • Our kitchen can also be booked for special events

Elders at the College

The Indigenous Education Coordinator at College of the Rockies can connect students and staff with Elders and knowledge holders who may offer cultural, emotional, and/or spiritual support. Elders and knowledge holders guide and assist with program development and provide teachings in the areas of cultural protocols, traditions, and history.

Non-Indigenous students and others seeking information are welcome to visit the “Place Where People Gather” for more information.

Ktunaxa Elder Marguerite Cooper of Akisqnuk First Nation lives in Windermere, BC and works with both the Invermere and Cranbrook campuses.

Messages may be left for Marguerite with the Indigenous Education Coordinator.