Located at the edge of the Cranbrook Community Forest, the AGP is on traditional Ktunaxa territory and is surrounded by medicinal plants native to the region.
The AGP has upper and lower levels. Each space offers unique opportunities for student, staff, faculty and community engagement. The AGP is considered a safe haven where students, staff, faculty, and community members feel welcome, respected and engaged. Respect is the underlying principle of the AGP and all scheduled activities must celebrate diversity, inclusiveness and Indigenous knowledge.
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 Aboriginal Gathering Place 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.
Jo Ann Smith