CULTURAL
INFLUENCES:

Guninisha Isila Gutsik’ats’idiya-hi

CULTURAL
INFLUENCES
THIS PARTNERSHIP THRIVES ON A GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT IN ALL THAT HAS BEEN EXCHANGED.

UNITED BY RESILIENCE

Tsuut’ina is situated along the perimeter of Southwest Calgary as a compelling, yet relatively unknown culture to its neighbours. Upon closer observation, Tsuut’ina shares more than its borders with the city; its people stand rooted as a culture of leadership, hope and innovation. Tsuut’ina are proud and resilient, traits akin to their Calgary neighbours.

Tsuut’ina fortitude is also uniquely strengthened by the preservation of language, traditional knowledge and lived experiences passed down through generations. With much to teach, Tsuut’ina has pushed forward in search of advancement despite opposition. Its people are progressive, acting with bold vision while honouring their deep ties to heritage.

Taza has been conceptualized with these characteristics at its core, and is a story of not only economic prosperity, but one that cultivates the ambition and drive of the entrepreneurial spirit. Taza is a reminder that here stands a shared vision for the future—through both the highlights and the hardships. At Taza we are stronger, together.

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Sasakiu, Tsuutina and Family 1886-1889. Image: Glenbow Archives

Design

The Taza developments are able to demonstrate the rich and distinct knowledge and ways of knowing of the Tsuut’ina people with the essence of Tsuut’ina values, history and language integrated into design.

Outcomes
  • Authentic expression of distinct culture that contributes to Nation growth and evolution
  • Thoughtful engagement of cultural resources and authorities
  • Interpretations of Tsuut’ina cultural values incorporated into the built environment and public realm
  • Historical narratives bolster each individual development
  • Tsuut’ina language throughout signage and way finding
  • Land significance is recognized
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