The 3nd Annual Aboriginal Christmas Gathering Celebration :

• Free Event
• Turkey Dinner
• A Visit from Santa Claus – One Present Per Child
• Children Activities

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Marlborough Community Association
Address: 636 Marlborough Way NE, Calgary

Everyone must register to attend due to limited seating.

To register for this event, please contact at USAY 403-233-8225



Come out to USAY’s Annual General Meeting on December 8th 2016Interested in being on our Board of Directors? Want to know who’s a supporter of USAY? Come on out and see what USAY’s been up to.
December 8th @ USAY’s Office
Suite 211 – 811 Manning Rd NE – Willowglen Business Park
(Barlow/Max Bell Ctrain Station-#27 Willowglen Business Park Bus)
6 – 8 PM
Light refreshments will be available



This documentary features translator Anita Eagle Bear discussing her role in creating the 2016 Blackfoot Graphic novel Vol.6 titled “PONOOKOMITA” Click Here



SAAKOKOTO, Randy Bottle Elder and narrator discusses the role of storytelling in the Blackfoot culture. Click Here




NAPI Joins the Mouse Dance Animation Click Here

Traditional Story By: Siobhan Weasel Head

Translated By: Randy Bottle, Anita Eaglebear

Artistic Director: Brian Batista

Animation and DVD: Artistavision

Artist: Maria Onespot

Publisher: Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY)

Special thanks to our funder: Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada

Get your FREE copy of the Blackfoot Graphic Novel “NAPI Joins The Mouse Dance”. Contact the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) PH: 403.233.8225




PONOOKOMITA (Elk Dog) Animation Click Here

Traditional story told by: SAAKOKOTO

Translation by: Randy Bottle, Anita Eaglebear

Art Direction, Layout and Design by: Brain Batista

Artwork by: Mitchell Poundmaker

Publisher: Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY)

Special thanks to our funder: Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada

Get your FREE copy of the Blackfoot Graphic Novel “PONOOKOMITA/Elk Dog”. Contact Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) Call 403.233.8225

USAY would like to sincerely thank Hines Canada Management for their generous donation of a tipi to our organization. Each year Hines works with local Elders and knowledge keepers to create beautifully painted and traditionally crafted tipis to display at Eighth Avenue Place. Those tipis are then donated to local organizations and community members for ceremonies, events and community gatherings. With their donation USAY will be able to use our tipi to support urban Aboriginal youth to find their cultural and spiritual identity, develop healing and move forward to achieve our mission of healthy, sustainable futures.


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USAY sincerely thanks all of the sponsors, health fair vendors, volunteers, and participants that attended our annual USAY Backpack Giveaway. We had over 500 Aboriginal children, youth and adults attend the event this year, with 300 children and youth from pre-school to post-secondary receiving a backpacks. Those that attended the event also accessed important health and community resource information that will support them throughout their upcoming school year. The event could not have taken place without the dedicated volunteers and community members that supported USAY in caring out our vision. Not only did we provide much needed backpacks, school supplies and information, we were able to have a fun event that kicked off the upcoming school year with excitement and joy – and you were part of that.

Words cannot explain how grateful recipients and USAY is for your growing support and generosity of time. We look forward to seeing you again next year!



This week is Aboriginal Awareness Week, a week recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

Please join us this Friday, June 24th for the Opening Reception of Power in Pictures: The Outside Circle and the Impact of the Graphic Novel.

Reception at 5pm, FREE

The Power in Pictures exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops hosted at Glenbow that connected young people from USAY (Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth) with artist Kelly Mellings, illustrator of the graphic novel The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson. Participants were encouraged to tap into their own creativity to create comics and masks that drew on their own experiences to tell a story. A shared and collaborative space, the gallery features the art created by the USAY participants hung alongside that of the artist who taught them, creating a space where complex feelings and experiences are explored through art. 

For more about the Power in Pictures exhibition: Click here

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Special Thanks to our Community Partners & Funders:
Government of Canada Alberta Lottery Fund

This website was produced with financial assistance provided by Western Economic diversification of Canada.