The Aboriginal Gathering Place (AGP) welcomes you!
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.
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
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 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.
Ktunaxa Elder Herman Alpine of Aqam lives in Mayook and works with the Cranbrook Campus. Herman also works with Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services.
Messages may be left for Marguerite and Herman with the Indigenous Education Coordinator.