Archived: From Aboriginal ancestry to Mayan hieroglyphs: discover difference with the Global Citizen Centre

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There’s an old legend on campus that says if you find yourself wandering the halls of Wyckham House late on a Thursday afternoon you’ll hear some pretty strange noises coming from the third floor. Inexplicable noises, booming and strangely rhythmic. Almost like… drums. Now, we’re not suggesting that the building is haunted, of course. But maybe, just maybe, if you head up there yourself, you’ll find out the truth…

Okay, okay, it’s our weekly Drum Circle. Sorry, we’re not great at ghost stories.

But if we’ve piqued your interest, read on! (We promise we won’t try to tell any more spooky stories.)

The Drum Circle is just one of many programs that run out of the Global Citizen Centre (GCC). The GCC is tucked away up on the third floor, but don’t mistake its out-of-the-way location for a lack of activity. Together with the Pride Centre and the Peer Support Centre, the GCC makes up one of three dedicated spaces we have on campus where we encourage students to explore identity and community. We believe that our diversity is our strength, which is why we the GCC hosts tons of programs meant to give students the chance to talk about differences, share their experiences, and learn what it means to be human in a global context.

Our regularly-scheduled, drop-in programming is led by trained volunteers. We’ve tried to make each workshop as low-commitment as possible, meaning that you can show up whenever and participate as much (or as little) as you’re comfortable with, so feel free to pop by any time. And since we’re mindful that student budgets can be tight, all GCC is programming is free and, of course, open to all Mount Royal University students.

Before listing the regular stuff we do every week, we’d like to do a quick shout-out to our annual Round Dance, which is coming up on Saturday, March 11. The Round Dance is a well-established tradition at SAMRU (this is its eighteenth year running!) and we’re always thrilled to see the community come together to celebrate Aboriginal culture and tradition for an evening of song, dance, and drumming. Everyone is welcome to join, whether to participate in the dance or just to watch.

Anyway, on to the good stuff! If you’d like to join in any of these workshops, just head on up to the Global Citizen Centre at the listed time – there’s no need to pre-register.



Indigenous Women’s Traditional Singing Group | 2nd Monday of every month | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

TED Talks: Global Issues | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.



Language Practice | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Aboriginal Ancestry | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Resiliency & Empowerment: A Discussion Group | March 8 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Métis History and Genealogy | March 15 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Tea and Bannock Talking Circle | March 8 and April 12 | 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.



Indigenous Crafts | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drum Circle | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m

Maya Hieroglyphic Reading | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Cory Cardinal
Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer
Office: Wyckham House, Z305
Phone: (403) 440-7795