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2023 Program

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In-Person and On-line Events

Thursday June 1, 2023 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Conversation Cafe & Meet the Organizers with Calgary on Purpose

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required

CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12 Ave SW


Calgary on Purpose will be leading a conversation cafe, where participants witness a deep conversation between strangers, and then participate in their own . They will guide participants with empathetic questions and practice tools for empathetic listening to encourage conversation.


Calgary on Purpose believes that people have more in common than they realize. By creating opportunities for sharing and listening, they aim to foster a sense of unity and understanding within the Calgary community. Whether participants find agreement or encounter disagreements, Calgary on Purpose encourages curiosity, openness to new ideas, and a willingness to consider different perspectives.


Saturday June 3, 2023 | 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

I See ... Do You? An Art

Therapy-based Workshop

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required

Bloom Art Therapy & Counselling

#232C 3630 Brentwood Road NW


The in-person 1.5 hour workshop(s) will encourage kids (7 and up) to create an Agamograph by exploring empathy as a topic. This visual art form was originally crafted by Yaacov Agam and uses an optical illusion to change the image seen in the artwork, depending on the viewer's perspective. The workshop curriculum includes hands-on art activities and group work designed to enhance participant’s social awareness by developing the prosocial skill of active listening.


Sunday June 4, 2023 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Family Puppet Fest with W.P. Puppet

Theatre Society

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required

Highland Park Community Association - 3716 2 St NW

$5 per person to enter the puppet show.

Entrance to the puppet yard sale is free.


Our goal is to promote intergenerational and family connections. Our puppetry infused learning opportunities and performances inspire, challenge, empower, support expression and encourage empathy in our audiences and participants. The theme this year is WATER and the event will feature our micro puppet show, "Walter the Water Droplet" followed by puppet making stations. Additionally, we're having a puppet garage sale with puppets, puppetry kits and crafting materials so you and your family can continue the puppet fun at home!

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Friday, June 2, 2023 | 3:00 - 6:00pm

Step in another’s shoes in East Village

In-Person Event | Registration is not required

Map location


Join us for a unique community video project that will inspire empathy and connection! We will have a private video booth where you will write from one of the prompts on the table such as, "Describe a time in your life you felt scared?", "Describe a personal secret you are holding onto and want to release?", "What is something you are proud of doing or accomplishing?", "What is something you overcame?". You will drop it in the box (where no one will know it is yours) and then you will take someone else's to read to the camera.


These readings allow you to step into someone else's experience and strengthen our empathy as a community. The videos will be turned into a full video at the end that will be aired on our social media channels.


Saturday June 3, 2023 | 5:00 - 8:00pm

Indigenous Elder Fireside Chat & Food

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary,

2425 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T4


Join us on June 3rd for an unforgettable evening at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, as we welcome respected Indigenous Elders for a fireside chat, delicious food, and an exclusive opportunity to try IndigiTRAILS new location launch.

So come hungry, curious, and ready for a night of connection and learning. This is an opportunity to broaden your horizons, support Indigenous culture, and have a great time in a beautiful and welcoming environment.

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Sunday June 4, 2023 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Gay History Walk with Kevin

Leaving from Hyatt Downtown

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required


Downtown Gay History Walk: a tour with Kevin Allen that will explore the city’s LGBTQ2 past through the city core This one-hour tour will inspire a deeper understanding of the community’s struggles and activism in Calgary and highlight significant political and social events that affected the gay community. On the way, tour guests will pass by several former watering holes where Calgary’s gay community gathered.

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Monday June 5, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation - Race, Data, and Policy Reform: A discussion

Online Event | Pre-registration Required



Join Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation for an online discussion about the need and solutions for race-based data in our nation in order to address racial inequity, featuring speakers Chad Haggerty, Steven Ngo, Hagir Sail, Kevin Monfared and moderator Iman Bukhari.

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Wednesday June 7, 2023 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Mamta’s lovely mustache

A children's book reading with

Puja Suri

Online Event | Pre-registration Required


The message embedded in "Mamta's

Lovely Mustache" encompasses empathy

and respect for individual differences and

recognizing our commonalities.


Mamta goes through an array of experiences

and emotions due to being bullied for having

facial hair. She isolates herself from her classmates but deeply wants to belong and with the encouragement of her mother, she awakens to self-love and shares this message with her classmates. In loving herself and accepting who she is she finds true belonging within herself and her classmates follow suit.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Storytelling with Gayathri Shukla, author of Landed

In-Person Event | Pre-registration Required

Social Innovation Hub, Unit #290, 3553 31 Street NW, Calgary


One of the most special things but also challenging things about being human, is that we are all so different. Differences can lead to tension and conflict, but when we empathize with each other, we can look past differences and even see the beauty in differences. Storytelling is a powerful tool to create more empathy. This book reading is a chance to experience the world through the eyes of an immigrant woman, and explore how we can harness storytelling as a tool to build bridges across differences.

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Self Guided - All Week


IndigiTRAILS is a free app available on Apple and Android devices. The app uses GPS or location services to allow audiences to take part in digital art galleries and other future activities within Calgary. For more information, and to download the app, please visit:


Each virtual art gallery or activity will have a trail map, in which you can download and follow to discover the interactive world all around you.

Gay History Walk

Calgary's 2SLGBTQIA+ history is long and storied but largely invisible within the city's public realm.

In August and September 2017 almost 400 stories were shared about what spaces and places matter to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. These stories are now in an online story map where you can take yourself on an in-person or online tour or places and stories of people within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

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