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19 Amazing Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations In Alberta

Our round-up of must-attend events to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

oin us in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, a day dedicated to recognizing and honouring the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada. 

Indigenous communities have profoundly shaped Canada’s past, present, and future. 

In Alberta, the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities play a pivotal role in enriching arts, culture, equity, safety, and well-being. 

We deeply value the continuous impact of all Indigenous community members on shaping our province historically and today. 

Their vibrant presence and contributions are the heartbeat of Alberta, propelling us toward a brighter, more creative, and sustainable future!

AIRDRIE

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Airdrie

A celebration in Airdrie will include Elder blessings, prayers, and stories, land acknowledgement from dignitaries, live music, drumming, cultural dance performances, traditional sharing, hand games, and teachings from several First Nations and Métis groups.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Nose Creek Regional Park
Time: 6 – 9 PM
Cost: Free

BANFF

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Banff

A celebration will be held in collaboration with the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

The Town of Banff will host musical performances, story-telling, food tastings, cultural conversations, and an Indigenous market with over 35 vendors.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Banff Central Park, 10 Bear St.
Time: 12 – 6 PM
Cost: Free

Traditional Dancing | Town of Banff
Traditional Dancing | Town of Banff

CALGARY

Campfire Chats: A Celebration of Indigenous Music and Culture

Join the University of Calgary for the 9th Annual Campfire Chats event and a Celebration of Indigenous Music and Culture

In partnership with Heritage Park, celebrates Indigenous peoples’ culture and history through live music. Featured recording artists include Eya-Hey Nakoda, Armond Duck Chief, Craig Ginn, the Denby Family, and Olivia Tail Feathers.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Heritage Park
Time: 4 – 6:30 PM
Cost: Free

OHSOTO’KINO: Indigenous Peoples Day at Studio Bell

Head to the National Music Centre (NMC) to celebrate Indigenous dance, music and song.

Starting at 1 p.m., guests will be treated to a variety of live performances by Nêhiyaw singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis, Cree Métis recording artist/songwriter, poet and filmmaker Sandra Sutter, and Inuvaluit singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher performing with Linda Saddleback. 

Check out the updated version of NMC’s Speak Up! exhibition, featuring four additional Indigenous artists/groups, including Willie Thrasher, Leela Gilday, Edmund Bull and The Bearhead Sisters. 

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Studio Bell, 850 4 St. S.E.
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Cost: Free

Walk for Reconciliation 2024

Join the 2024 Walk for Reconciliation, which will travel from the Harry Hays Building to The Confluence Historic Site and Parkland from 8 to 9 AM. 

The walk will be followed by an outdoor gathering at 10 AM. featuring drumming, dance performances and speeches. 

The first 200 participants will enjoy a catered community meal at 9:30 AM and the documentary film, What is Reconciliation? will be screened at 1 PM.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: 220 4 Ave. S.E.
Time: 8 AM -2 PM
Cost: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day Tipi Raising

Join Garret C. Smith and his family, in partnership with Arts Commons, to raise a tipi together at Olympic Plaza

Tipi raising is essential to many First Nations cultures across Turtle Island. The Blackfoot utilize methods that begin with four poles, while other Nations use three.

Once the tipi has been raised, Elders will share a series of stories in the spirit of cultural sharing.

RSVP as space is limited.  

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E.
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Cost: Free 

Traditional Round Dance

Join the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary for a traditional round dance at Salvation Army Community Services

The day will also feature traditional games, a performance by the Siksika Youth Band, a youth hand drum song contest, a free box lunch, and other activities.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: Salvation Army Community Services, 100, 5115 17 Ave. S.E.
Time: 11:15 AM – 3 PM
Cost: Free

The Walk for Reconciliation | confluence.ca
The Walk for Reconciliation | confluence.ca

COCHRANE

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Town of Cochrane

The Town of Cochrane will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day by discussing local initiatives and support programs through the FCSS and United Way’s ‘Give a Little Love Campaign.’

Every dollar raised at the Give a Little Love event stays here in Cochrane.” Krawec said. 

The event will feature a BBQ, a dunk tank, lawn games, and a chance to meet the groups that will receive funding.

A tipi will be set up outside of The Station to celebrate the history and heritage of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit People of Canada.

Inside the station, residents can connect with Town staff to discuss advocacy efforts and construction projects, such as the Historic Ranche and Glenbow Pathway improvement project and water conservation programs.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: The Station, 360 Railway St. W
Time: 4 – 7 PM
Cost: Free

EDMONTON

Dancing Cree at Kingsway Mall

Visit Kingsway Mall for an extra special event featuring Indigenous dancing, drumming, singing, and oral history teaching.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: 1 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Cost: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Art Gallery of Alberta

Head to the Art Gallery of Alberta to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. In addition to tours and interactive experiences, the AGA will also be offering free admission.

The day kicks off with opening remarks from Elder Gilman Cardinal, setting the tone for a special public tour that showcases Indigenous artists featured in the gallery’s current exhibitions. 

Explore the vibrant intersection of creativity, culture, landscape, and lived experience in the works of Dana Claxton, Dwayne Martineau, and Alex Janvier. 

Conclude your day with a heartwarming screening of the 2022 film Rosie.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Time: 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free

Royal Alberta Museum – National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Royal Alberta Museum will showcase Indigenous voices and experiences through special programming.

Take a workshop with local Indigenous miniaturist artist and celebrity Lance Cardinal, join the crafting circle, and learn about beading, quillwork, fish scale art, and more.  

Activities are included with general admission which is free for Indigenous Peoples!

When: Friday, June 21st, to Sunday, June 23rd, 2024
Where: 9810 103a Avenue NW
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: Free

Celebrity Lance Cardinal with one of his miniatures | Tumblr
Celebrity Lance Cardinal with one of his miniatures | Tumblr

National Indigenous Peoples Day at TELUS World of Science 

This week, celebrate creativity and culture at the TELUS World of Science

With free performances from Juno-nominated Cree musician Cikwes, drummer Dezmond Morningchild, Inuit throat singer Jana Angulalik, Métis jigger Aurora Leddy and hoop dancer Dallas Arcand. Also, enjoy a tipi raising, a trapper tent, a BBQ and an Indigenous vendor’s market.

When: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Where: 11211 142 St NW, Edmonton AB
Time: 8 AM – 4 PM
Cost: Free for Indigenous Peoples

Night Market at River Cree 

An opportunity for all to enjoy an outdoor Night Market experience like no other! 

The fourth annual Night Market at the River Cree, presented by Enoch Cree Nation, will showcase First Nation & local artisans, vendors, food trucks, & much more! 

This is Canada’s largest outdoor Indigenous Market, with over 80 authentic vendors and 10 food trucks.

When: Thursday, June 20th to Sunday, June 23rd, 2024
Where: River Cree Resort and Casino, 300 East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch
Time: 2 – 10 PM
Cost: Free for Indigenous Peoples

National Indigenous Peoples Day at Bissell

The Bissell Center will host a celebration in front of their Community Space in downtown Edmonton. A section of 96 Street will be blocked off to traffic for everyone to join in the family-friendly festivities, which will include musical performances, teachings, delicious food, and many more fun activities. 

When: Friday, June 21, 2024
Where: Outside in front of Bissell: 10527 96 St. NW
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: Free

Pow-wow dancer at Kingsway Mall | Kingsway Mall
Pow-wow dancer at Kingsway Mall | Kingsway Mall

GRANDE PRAIRIE

Grande Prairie Traditional Pow-Wow

Held between June 21st and June 23rd, Grand Prairie welcomes the public to join in two days of First Nations song, dance, and cultural celebration, at the traditional pow-wow in Grande Prairie. 

This two-day, free community event celebrates Indigenous culture in Grande Prairie, hosted at the Bonnetts Energy Centre.

When: Friday, June 21, 2024 – Sunday, June 23, 2024
Where: The Bowes at Bonnetts Energy Centre
Time: 9 AM – 11 PM
Cost: Free

MEDICINE HAT

National Indigenous Peoples Day Ceremony at City Hall

Head over to the Helen Beny Lounge in City Hall on the afternoon of June 21 to participate in a smudging ceremony in the Blackfoot Tradition with Brenda Mercer, receive stories from Brenda, and hear from City of Medicine Hat Mayor Linnsie Clark about how the City is working to celebrate Indigeneity.

When: Friday, June. 21, 2024
Where: City Hall, 580 1 St SE
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Cost: Free

Block Party – Celebrating Indigeneity

Celebrate Indigenous peoples and culture at the Celebrating Indigeneity Block Party on June 22.

Enjoy local Indigenous vendors, participate in story sharing, join a drum circle, and watch a ribbon skirt fashion show. 

Learn from Elder Charlie Fox about proper protocol when meeting an Elder, the significance of his headdress, and the presentation of tobacco.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Where: Medicine Hat Town Square, 603 1 St SE
Time:12 – 4 PM
Cost: Free

SMOKY LAKE

Alberta Métis Fest

Featuring a Métis jamboree and living fiddle legends, jigging competitions and an Artisan Market, the 2024 Alberta Métis Fest should not be missed. Check it out this weekend to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

When: Friday, June 21st to Saturday, June 22rd, 2024
Where: 7339 Victoria Trail, Smoky Lake
Time:10 AM – 11 PM
Cost: Free

SUNDRE

Sundre and District Museum Indigenous Celebration

Come Celebrate the Way We Were as one travels back in time at the Sundre & District Museum

The museum celebrates National Indigenous Day each year on June 21st, with a full day of celebratory events. 

This year the museum will have a new village tipi erected and blessed. 

When: Friday, June 21, 2024
Where: 211 1 Ave SW
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: Free

Tipi raising at Arts Common, Calgary | Arts Common
Tipi raising at Arts Common, Calgary | Arts Common

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