New Facility Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the new Ninastako Cultural Centre was very helpful in raising these overall considerations for the centre:

  • Scale of the development: it is sustainable
  • Complementary developments at this location: how can it complement other attractions
  • Location and accessibility: what is the best location
  • Programming of activities and displays: what will create the best interest
  • Interactive element: how can people be actively engaged, hands on
  • Marketing and promotional details: what factors will govern its promotion
  • Linkages to other attractions: how can the centre collaborate with other sites
  • Direct competition for the centre and its “parts:” how can each part be sustained

Our History

Since 1969, Ninastako Cultural Centre (NCC) has demonstrated established programs, with the majority of funding coming through the Indian Education Centre’s Program (Ottawa), now under the umbrella of First Nations’ Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC).

  • Ninastako was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974, and its operation relies heavily on input from the 5-member Board of Directors.
  • Ninastako began its existence in the lower Standoff “old school” teaching and then moved to St. Mary’s High School, where it offered upgrading courses and Blackfoot language instruction (really the beginning of post-secondary education on the Blood Reserve), then in the St. Paul’s Residential School (until its condemnation) and now, in the Shot-Both-Sides building
  • An active member of the FNCCEC, the mission statement of the Ninastako Cultural Centre is to lead in the protection, preservation, promotion and strengthening of our First Nations’ cultures, heritages, wellness and language by ensuring necessary resources, support and strategies
  • Cross-cultural programming includes elders/telling stories and legends; cultural sessions in the schools and communities (i.e., dancing and drumming demonstrations); cultural camps and hosting cultural activities (i.e., Kainai Annual Indian Days)
  • Preservation of the Blackfoot language is achieved through Blackfoot language instruction and Blackfoot scholarships offered in nearby high schools, both on and off the Reserve
  • When it had more space, Ninastako has served as a museum and library (housing many archives, artifacts and First Nations’ art) for anyone wanting more information about the Blackfoot culture
  • For almost 20 years, Ninastako has been lobbying with Chief and Council for a new facility, which would allow for ongoing and additional cross-cultural programming
  • In January, 2009, Chief and Council approved the funds for a Feasibility Study for a centre. The Feasibility Study was completed and presented to Chief and Council. Plans are underway to confirm the site and access funding from a variety of sources.

Committee Members

Delphine Good Striker

President, Ninastako Board of Directors

Gloria Wells

Executive Director, Ninastako Cultural Centre

Terry Malone

AB Tourism (now retired)

Josh Curly Rider

(Former) Blood Tribe Councillor

Bob Tarleck

(Former) Mayor of Lethbridge

Howard Snyder

Remington Carriage Centre

Rhonda King Blood

Chinook Health Region

Franklyn White Quills

Blood Tribe Councillor

Sheldon Day Chief

(Former) Blood Tribe Councillor


Ninastako Learning Resources Now Available


The Ninastako Blackfoot App!

App Features:

  • Conversational Blackfoot. Learn basic Blackfoot through words, phrases and audio
  • Blackfoot Surnames. Learn the history and meanings of Blackfoot surnames. Audio pronunciation included
  • Pow Wow Trail. Learn when and where the pow wows are being held
  • Blackfoot Challenge. See how many Blackfoot words you know through our quiz and much more…

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Ninastako Blackfoot Language Resources

A perfect introduction to the Blackfoot Language

  • Learn hundreds of Blackfoot words and phrases with the Conversational Blackfoot 
  • Read and listen to Blackfoot legends (English text, Blackfoot text and Blackfoot voice over)
  • Test your knowledge with the Blackfoot Challenge
  • Download lesson plans for the Blackfoot legends (perfect for teachers)
  • Watch for new material updated regularly 
  • All memberships are good for 1 year (unlimited access and downloads)


Challenge your Blackfoot Knowledge


Browse Art, Beadwork, Blackfoot Legends, Drumming & Singing, Education Resource Kits & Lesson Plans, Plaques, and Sculptures

Contact Us

PHONE: 403-737-3774

FAX: 403-737-3786

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