How To get to the Conference

Either you will rent a car which you should plan in advance through a company like Budget or Avis. Or you will call a cab- It will help to call Grey Eagle directly and ask them if they have a cab service they deal with.

You will then find the dealership at the airport and proceed to the dealership after you have collected your luggage. Driving in Calgary at different times of the day will look different.

Traffic flow will change in early morning and in later afternoon, or on weekends.

The two ways I know are:

Take the Deerfoot, head south, I’d stick to the middle lane, if possible all the way to the Glenmore Trail, then you’d take the exit to the west, and head to the venue location of the Grey Eagle, which is at the 37th Street exit. You will than take a roundabout, and on 37th where you head south, past some construction, than a right to the Grey Eagle location.

OR a more scenic city drive, also slower traffic, but maybe more stops, more to see.. more adventurous.. again watch to not take an exit off.. or it redirect your route…

When leaving the airport you will head down the Deerfoot. Note that slower traffic is on the inner lane, and faster traffic flows to the centre. As you head south, you will exit at the Memorial exit, and take a right.

You will then travel west along Memorial to the Crowchild Trail where you will head south. The Crowchild Trail is under renovation in some areas so be aware. Head south to Richmond Road. Hang a left onto Richmond Road. For a few minutes, you will then reach 37th Street, take a left. Heading left towards the community of Tsuut’ina Nation.

You will pass a few stores to the left. You will pass the Glenmore Trail- don’t hop on the Glenmore, or you will have to find a turn around- or end up in Banff. Go right thru. You will hit a roundabout. You have full right of the way at the roundabout, though watch for other drivers anyway.

Follow the roundabout, follow the overpass, keep heading on 37th Street S.  You will see construction outside the Grey Eagle. Take a right when it says you are at Grey Eagle.  You are now headed to the Conference location. To the very west you will see the Canadian Rockies. Welcome! (I will attach a map)


Language Teaching in Anishinabe Mowin, the Sun,

James Vukelich , speaking about Geezhis, the Sun. And the many different ways which the Sun captures and varying descriptions.  He describes in the beginning. Speaks about self care and healing. Speaking also on his travels to the Treaty Three territory.

When I was learning about Language as a teenager it was organized in our community and was just as animated, and rich. I love learning language in this way. This truly captures how relational learning is within our communities, as there are so many language teachers out there, teaching in their own unique ways which is amazing. Glad to see James take his work online, makes this meaningful and engaging and accessible. Stories.. sharing.. details.. oral histories. Knowledge being embedded in the names, as he speaks about.

#Entrepreneurship

I was fortunate to have been coached this summer of 2018 by Lindsay Adamson, and wanted to share along her article.  She was so great to learn with and from. Entrepreneurship is a hard go at times. Though the more in tune you can become to those you serve, help and work with. I just had to share this great article. It was originally published in WomanPreneur, February 2019. You need to join to read first though: join

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Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs, Alberta

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-women-entrepreneur-business-ibc-1.4170906

“The social change comes when a person gets access to that capital. They get a job, increase their income, start eating better, get pride of ownership — it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Calgary-based First Nations entrepreneur Nicole Robertson also got her start with IBC. After working as a reporter across Canada, she started an award-winning media production company 15 years ago.
She said if it wasn’t for IBC, she wouldn’t have gone very far because she didn’t have a lot of assets when she started out.
“If I didn’t have them as a backup, what would I do? I wouldn’t have been able to do it any other way, when I looked at what a bank traditionally looks at,” said Robertson.
“But I built the relationship with IBC, I paid my loans always on time. They treat you like a human being, rather than just a number or policy.”
Being a successful woman in business is empowering, she said, especially considering the historical trauma that has held a lot of Indigenous women back.
Both Robertson and Solway hope to see more Indigenous women take the leap of faith to help change the landscape of business.
“We’re smart, with valuable abilities,” said Solway.
“So our ladies can flourish, can be out there, be proactive and not give up. We see too much of them giving up on their pride. We’ve gone through enough, but we need to move on now. We need to do something with ourselves.”