Indigenous Participants

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Sleeping Buffalo Mountain.

Banff has a long history as a sacred gathering place for ceremony, trade, sharing, visions, and celebration. That tradition continues today as leaders, artists, and creators of all disciplines meet here to realize their creative potential and the diversity of Indigenous perspectives and practices.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located on the traditional lands of Treaty 7 Territory, comprised of the Stoney Nakoda Nations of Wesley, Chiniki, and Bearspaw; three Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy: the Pikani, Kainai, and Siksika; and the Tsuu T'ina of the Dene people. Treaty 7 territory is also shared with the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Before the signing of Treaty 7, and prior to the establishment of provincial boundaries, this region was also used by the Ktunaxa and the Maskwacis people. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of these Nations who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.



Banff Centre welcomes, recognizes, and respects the cultural traditions and practices of its Indigenous participants and staff. One shared and common cultural practice is that of smudging.

Smudging at Banff Centre occurs across campus, with the exception of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation. Should you wish to smudge in your guest room, please advise the front desk who will place signage on your floor. If you choose to smudge in your studio or meeting room, please contact your Program Coordinator who can assist you with signage. This is necessary to reduce incidents of false smoke and fire reports in campus buildings.

Banff Centre is proud to offer a variety of Indigenous Arts and Indigenous Leadership programming. Most Indigenous Leadership programs hold daily morning smudges and welcome Indigenous participants to join as is appropriate according to the nature of the program and cultural protocol. Contact Participant Resources for a current schedule and the contact information for the Indigenous Leadership Program Manager who will orient and welcome you to the session.

Sourcing Medicine in Banff

Sweetgrass and sage can be sourced commercially in the town of Banff; however, there is not a convenient source of medicine here. If you require specific medicine as part of your practice, it is best to bring these materials with you.