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Concerts, Films, Dance: The Indigenous History Month Events You Want To Be At In Banff and Canmore

A round-up of free events this June, presented by the Banff Centre

June marks National Indigenous History Month, a perfect opportunity to learn from, honour, and engage with the people and rich cultures who have stewarded the lands we call home.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has put together a roster of free events that you should not miss!

From concerts to dance lessons to film screenings, they’ve partnered to curate a unique lineup worth celebrating and all the events are free.

Get out your calendar; here’s a rundown.

A Night of Story Telling – June 6

Grab a seat and prepare to be spellbound as voices from the Treaty 7 Community take the stage. 

Co-hosted by Simon Ross and Janine Windolph, this event promises an immersive traditional storytelling experience.

The highlight of the evening is the screening of Iniskim – Return of the Buffalo, a poignant exploration of the historic return of buffalo to Western North America. 

Following the screening, engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion and Q&A session with the filmmaker and special guests. 

It’s an opportunity to listen and actively participate in preserving and sharing Indigenous stories.

Iniskim Movie Poster

Dance Workshop – June 11

Dive into the world of movement and expression with a dynamic dance workshop led by Joanna Gladue and Curtis Young. 

This interactive session invites participants of all ages and backgrounds to explore Indigenous dance basics in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Everything you learn, from rhythmic footwork to fluid movements, will help you connect with and appreciate Indigenous culture and traditions. 

Don’t forget to register in advance to secure your spot, and come prepared to move, groove, and embrace the rhythm of life.

Joanna Gladue and Curtis Young Indigenous Dancers

Concert Featuring Jah’kota – June 21

Get ready for the soulful sounds of Jah’kota, an Afro-Indigenous R&B, rap, and hip-hop artist who will leave you wanting more.

He’s released multiple albums and tracks nominated for album of the year at the Indigenous Music Awards and his song Welcome to the Matriarch was nominated for a Native American Music Award.

This talented musician’s moving melodies and thought-provoking lyrics make for a performance you don’t want to miss.

Following the concert, you can meet Jah’kota in person during a special meet-and-greet session in the lobby.

It’s a chance to connect with the artist behind the music and celebrate the richness of Indigenous culture through the power of song.

Jah'kota Hip Hop Indigenous artisr

Cultural Learning Circle – June 26

Enjoy an evening of magnetic short films and discussions at artsPlace in Canmore!

Presented in collaboration with Indigenous filmmaker Janine Windolph and the Nakoda AV Club, this event provides a platform to explore themes of family, community, healing, and connection to the land through the lens of Indigenous storytelling.

It’s a chance to dive deep into the heart of Indigenous culture.

Join the conversation and deepen your understanding.

Indigenous Youth

Join in Online

You can still participate if you can’t attend the in-person events in Banff and Canmore.

Settle in for a movie night like no other with the Banff Center’s online selection of Online Indigenous Film Screenings from the 21st to the 30th. 

You can also check out the Virtual Indigenous Art Market, an online marketplace open all month and filled with the most breathtaking Indigenous art pieces you’ve ever seen. From traditional crafts to contemporary masterpieces, it’s a treasure trove to explore and support.

And, because learning should occur all year round, browse through the Banff Centers Decolonizing the Narrative Conversation sessions! With new speakers and topics bi-monthly, the events, available in person and online, are well worth attending.

With a diverse array of events and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as we come together this month to honour and uplift Indigenous voices and experiences.

Best of all, everything’s free! Just register in advance for any events that require it.

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