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WSD 2022 registration is required to reserve or purchase tickets to excursions unless stated otherwise. You can find information about reserving or purchasing tickets to excursions on our Schedule page here.


Áísínai’pi – Writing-On-Stone Excursion


August 3 – 5

Saa’kokoto, Blackfoot Elder and guide at Áísínai’pi welcomes you for two nights of camping at this Unesco World Heritage site. Blackfoot teachings and land-based learning will be the focus of this experience. Come prepared to sleep in a tent and hike on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot of Southern Alberta. This territory is a sacred place and very peaceful. There are lessons to be learned from the human stories carved into the rock by Blackfoot ancestors. Saa’kokoto will teach lessons on the territory, the Blackfoot ways of knowing and being. There will be campfire, fresh air, and memories to be made.

Registration comprises: bus transportation to Writing-on-Stone World Heritage Site, meals and snacks for the time at the park, all camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, and hiking boots. Participants should be comfortable walking for distances on uneven ground and prepared to go on two lengthy hikes of several hours.

Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle)

Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle) is recognized and honoured as an Elder among local community leaders and agencies. He originates from the Blood Tribe First Nation and is from the Tall People Clan. After serving the Blood Tribe Council for 24 consecutive year, he has become a staple in the Calgary community. Randy’s primary goal is to promote traditional spirituality through ceremony, storytelling, and sharing personal experiences. His primary work now focuses on urban Aboriginal youth and helping them to better understand their identity and develop a better sense of belonging. As a fluent Blackfoot speaker, he plays a key role in preserving and passing on the language to urban Aboriginal youth and the larger Blackfoot speaking community.

Please see below for a map of the pick up location at the University of Calgary Rozsa Center bus loop:

Architecture Tour


WSD 2022 Registration is required to participate in this excursion. Full WSD 2022 Registration will allow you to purchase a ticket for this excursion if tickets are available.

The Architecture Tour visits venues in Calgary, Banff, Edmonton, and Camrose.

The tour begins locally in Calgary on August 14 with the journey continuing to Banff for the first overnight stay at the remarkable Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. August 15, the group will travel up the beautiful parkway through one of Canada’s most treasured national parks with a stop for lunch at the Columbia Ice Fields and then on to Jasper and Edmonton for the second night’s stay. August 16 begins with three venues in Edmonton and continues to Camrose that afternoon. After the stop in Camrose, participants will return to Calgary.

The tour guide will be Richard Schick, well-known and experienced theatre architecture consultant, production manager and technical director. A guide to the venues on the tour will be sent to registered delegates.

Registration includes bus transportation and accommodations. Participants are responsible for all food costs.

Participants are expected to arrive at the bus pick up location at 9:00 am on August 14th. The bus will depart at 9:30 am.

Recommended for participants 18 years of age or older.

*Note: No unaccompanied minors.

Recognizing that the cost for the Architecture Tour is higher than other events, we will allow cancellation of tickets to this event in case of travel disruptions or illness.

There will be an administrative cancellation fee of $36 CAD if canceled up to 10 days before departure. Refund requests must be emailed to on or before August 3, 2022.

Please download the detailed itinerary below:

Please see below for a map of the pick up location at the University of Calgary Rozsa Center bus loop:

Iniskim: Return Of The Buffalo


“Iniskim: Return of the Buffalo” is an intercultural, immersive, outdoor performance employing lantern-design, puppetry, drumming, and traditional Blackfoot stories and songs. It chronicles the plight of the Buffalo in North America, the Indigenous people who depended on them, and our collective celebration of the return of bison into the natural environment.

A gathering of First Nation and non-First Nation artists, “Iniskim” sparks discussion about what it means to be a community, and creates a space for healing and light. Here the Buffalo is our teacher and guides us to know ourselves through the land – it is a story of hope.

The performance experience of Iniskim includes a walk down a forest path and over some uneven terrain, in the dark with only dim light. While this path has been vetted and deemed safe it should be noted that people with mobility issues may choose not to participate in this part of the experience – in this case these audience members will be taken directly to a viewing area for the second part of the performance. If you require mobility assistance for this event please indicate your needs upon arrival at the venue and please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Cassie Holmes (


Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry


  • Amethyst First Rider
  • Leroy Little Bear
  • Olivia Tail Feathers
  • Troy Emery Twigg

Please see below for a map of the pick up location at the University of Calgary Rozsa Center bus loop: