Education & Interpretation
First Nations Interpretation
- The traditional Blackfoot name for Writing-on-Stone is
Áísínai'pi, meaning "'it is pictured".
- Áísínai'pi is the most sacred place for the Blackfoot.
Park management honours the tradition of First Nations
leadership through regular meetings with a trusted advisory group
of Blackfoot elders.
- The significance of Writing-on-Stone is formally recognized
through its designations as a Provincial Park and a National
Historic Site. It is also a site considered worthy of World
Heritage Site status.
- The vision of Alberta Parks is to inspire people to discover,
value, protect and enjoy the natural world for current and future
generations. One of Parks Division's priorities is Aboriginal
- Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation leads the Aboriginal
Tourism Initiative, which encourages the development of cultural
tourism experiences. Alberta's new Tourism Plan highlights the
opportunity to honour First Nations heritage through new visitor
experiences and programs.
First Nations Internship
- Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation partnered with Alberta
Aboriginal Relations and Canadian Badlands Limited to implement the
First Nations Internship in 2013.
- The intent was to deliver new public programs, raise the
cultural awareness of staff and visitors, and provide outreach
programs at parks.
- The two Interns visited and shared their traditional knowledge
with staff at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial
Park, Beauvais Lake Provincial
Park and Cypress Hills Provincial Park. They
shared their cultural and personal stories with more than 4,000
visitors over the summer.
- The Interns brought both traditional and western knowledge to
their work. Their interpretive programs incorporated authentic
replicas of Blackfoot artifacts to bring the past to life, as well
as technologies relevant to today's visitors.
- This program model successfully brings people together and
connects them to each other and the land. First Nations
participation adds authenticity to Writing-on-Stone, enhancing
truth and credibility. This program is a win-win-win for
parks, tourism and First Nations organizations and
- The First Nations Internship program has been recognized by the
Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).