The ucalgarycares Indigenous Leadership and Engagement program is a collaborative service-learning program between Community Engagement (formerly Centre for Community-Engaged Learning) and The Native Centre at the University of Calgary. The program aims to engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in learning that focuses on social justice, reciprocity, Indigenous ways of knowing, and cross-cultural awareness.
The pre-service workshops are long and numerous for this program as students work towards obtaining all three levels of the Native Ambassador Post-Secondary Initiative (NAPI) certificate provided though The Native Centre. Students explore cultural awareness and national service-learning as the program culminates in an enriching ten-day service-learning experience in the Canadian Arctic.
This program was offered for the first time in Summer 2014. Eleven students and two staff members travelled to a Kluane First Nations community in southern Yukon to participate in a community-lead project. Participants engaged in various volunteer activities throughout the community, including building sustainable greenhouses, volunteering with a local fishing derby, working at a build site for a local housing complex, and assisting researchers at the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA).
Read more about the 2014 program team journey here.
This program is made possible through SU Quality Money.