“Indigenous” title used in renaming of two departments at The Banff Centre

by ecnationtalk on October 1, 20121529 Views


The Banff Centre’s long history of developing artistic and leadership excellence in Indigenous people in Canada and internationally is now reflected in new names for two departments.

“We are pleased to announce that our departments have new names – Indigenous Arts, and Indigenous Leadership and Management,” said Sandra Laronde and Brian Calliou, directors of the respective departments. “These new names reflect the international impact and reach of our programs, and our worldwide connections to Indigenous communities, artists, thinkers, and leaders.”

 The Banff Centre’s Indigenous programs reach across Canada and beyond North America to communities around the world, inspiring new art, research, and leadership.

“Our new names connect our past, present, and future, and are more inclusive of Indigenous peoples from across the globe,” said Laronde.  “At the same time, they honour The Banff Centre’s strong connections to our local and national communities and partners.”

“The word ‘Indigenous’ is being used more and more, because there’s more of a global understanding that is shared in the use of this word,” said Calliou.  “There’s definitely a movement to use the word.”

 The name change for the two departments, which takes effect October 1, reflects the broad reach of their work with Indigenous people throughout the world.

Indigenous Leadership and Management recently attracted international attention with the conclusion of a two-and-a-half-year research project investigating wise practices in community and economic development amongst Aboriginal communities in Alberta. An international symposium in September presenting the case studies from the research, and investigating a range of other topics key to success in Indigenous communities, attracted speakers, researchers, and delegates from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

Indigenous Leadership Management has offered leadership development programming for 39 years, and has welcomed program participants and faculty from Canada, across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

Indigenous Arts, which has offered programs and creative residencies in disciplines including music, dance and choreography, visual and digital arts, and writing since its inception in 1993, has welcomed Indigenous faculty and artists from across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Mongolia, Nepal, and Mexico.

The Banff Centre is located aside Buffalo Mountain, which holds spiritual and cultural significance for the many Indigenous groups that have traveled here throughout the centuries, Calliou said.

“It has always been a connection point, a meeting place, from the meeting of the valleys to a meeting of peoples as well. In a sense, The Banff Centre still brings people from around the world to meet, so it has a long connection of these people to those Indigenous groups who first came here over time.”



Media Contact:
Shari Bishop Bowes • Media & Communications Officer
403.762-6475 • shari_bishop-bowes@banffcentre.ca

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