We are honoured to live and work in Treaty 7, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations; the Tsuut'ina First Nation; and the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
The land where East Village now stands was once traditional territory for the Blackfoot Nation, prior to the arrival of American fur traders around 1840. In 1875, the Northwest Mounted Police established Fort Brisebois, which later became Fort Calgary. By the time the city of Calgary began to boom in 1906, East Village was a vibrant community with a mix of residential, commercial, service, institutional and industrial activity.
Decades later the area fell into decline, so much so the city medical officer of health declared East Village to be a “skid row” in 1941. Urban renewal schemes of the 1960s brought widespread demolition to East Village. Aside from the construction of a few mid-rise towers, East Village was largely neglected until 2007 when Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) was formed.