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The City of Edmonton Indigenous Relations Office (IRO) supports Indigenous History Month in Edmonton by promoting the Indigenous events and activities happening in and around Edmonton throughout the month of June.

Throughout June 2021, many organizations, agencies and communities host a variety of events that strengthen the community through learning, understanding and celebration of Indigenous histories, heritage, diversity, cultures and people. 

Indigenous History Month overlaps with many key events in Edmonton including:

2021 Proclamation

View the 2021 proclamation on Twitter.View the 2021 Proclamation on Twitter.

Featured Events

Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival

Presented By: Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival
Date: June 19, 2021
Time: 6pm
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Join for a virtual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day - Featuring local Albertan musical performances, cultural demonstrations, and a heartfelt message from our Oiler’s own Ethan Bear, this special event will showcase Indigenous talent, culture, experiences, and perspectives.Indigenous culture and performances in traditional and contemporary music and dance.  This virtual event is brought to you by the Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival, a collaborative partnership of Edmonton community partners.

National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market

Presented By: Indigenous Artist Market Collective
Location: 10305-97 Street (Free Parking)
Date: June 19, 2021
Time: 9am-3pm

Come say TANSI at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market Join the I A M - Indigenous Artist Market Collective as we Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

We are excited to bring you a full day of live entertainment, local indigenous artists, and live street art with Lance Cardinal! Outdoors in our open air portion of the market you will find food trucks, and local artists, live entertainment and more! Then make your way upstairs to the second floor where you can meet more Indigenous artists, enter Free hourly door prize draws and show your support by purchasing fundraiser tickets to win one of 3 jam packed gift baskets filled with locally-made art donated from out artists.

Live performances from: Chubby Cree; Lena Daniels Music; Zachary Willier; Melody McArthur Music; and more! Contact Lorrie for event details at 780 906 3906 or email All interested dancers, performers, and drummers please call or email.

Albertans Stepping up to Support Indigenous Mentorship

Presented ByAlberta Mentoring Partnership
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 2:30-4pm

Join us to hear about Indigenous Mentoring in Alberta and how you can be a part of the movement! 

Register Online

ESFF w/ Indigenous Films: Free Outdoor Screening

Presented By: Dreamspeakers Festival Society
Date: June 26, 2021
Time: 9-11pm
Cost: Free

The Edmonton Short Film Festival is honoured to present a free outdoor screening of short films by Indigenous artists in celebration of #NIPD2021. 

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National Indigenous People's Day

Presented By: Indigenous Relations — Alberta Government
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 10:30am
Cost: Free

Join us as we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and the more than 258,000 First Nations and Métis people and the Inuit who call Alberta home.

Enjoy performances of Indigenous Peoples that are a part of their rich and vibrant cultures.

National Indigenous History Month Virtual Event

Presented By: Indigenous Relations — Alberta government
Dates: June 1-30, 2021

During National Indigenous History Month, we recognize the diverse history, languages and cultures of Indigenous Peoples. Making time to educate ourselves and younger generations is an act of reconciliation. Take part in that reconciliation by learning and recognizing Indigenous history, people and place names every weekday during National Indigenous History Month.

Celebrate with us weekdays online at: @ABIndigenousRelations or

Virtual Sharing Circle

Presented By: Town of Devon & Creating Hope Society
Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: Tuesdays at 6:30pm

An opportunity for story sharing in a safe environment. Everyone welcome, Every week or Any week. Contact for more information or for a direct link.

Zoom meeting ID: 865 3104 0259
Passcode: 417742

Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival

Date: May 31- June 7, 2021
Cost: $25

Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival has been around since 1993 supporting artists around the world. This year, we are bringing you the films on a digital platform from May 31 - June 7, 2021. Purchase a $25 pass that will give you access to the films.

RISE Book Club

Presented By: RISE — Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton & Edmonton Public Library
Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 7-8:30pm

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 11, the next selection for the 2021 RISE Book Club season is We Remember the Coming of the White Man (Special Edition 2021). The book chronicles the history of the Dene People in the early 20th century. Over the next several weeks, RISE will post sections of reading and questions developed by the amazing RISE book club volunteers. You can follow along or read ahead. Join us virtually on June 9 at 7:00pm for a group discussion led by RISE volunteers. This will also be a chance to hear from editor and storyteller Raymond Yakeleya.

Evening of Excellence

Presented By: Rupertland Institute
Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 6:30pm

Celebrate educational and professional excellence within the Métis community from the comfort of home. Catch special performances by Métis fiddler Brianna Lizotte and Alberta’s own, Terri Clark!

Learn more and register online for this free event

Ask Me Anything about Urban Indigenous Issues, with Chief Billy Morin

Presented By: Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Date: June 10, 2021
Time: Noon-1pm

What's an urban reserve? How might my community benefit? Join Chief Billy Morin of Enoch Cree Nation to find out. You likely haven't heard of urban reserves as Edmonton doesn't have any yet. But that's changing. And with more than 80,000 Indigenous people living in the city, the implications for everyone, including Community Leagues, are broad.

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Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal

Presented By: Aboriginal Congress of Alberta Association
Date: June 12, 2021
Time: 2pm
Cost: Free

This week's fun art tutorial: Star Blanket Sun Catchers.
Cree word of the day: acâhkos "Star" ᐊᒑᐦᑯᐢ
Learn how to make a Star Blanket Sun Catcher with Indigenous artist Lance Cardinal from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory. This award-winning artist and television personality will take you on an exciting adventure of art, song, and culture!  See event link for list of supplies and further details.

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Tapwe Talks: a Michif Kitchen Party with Jaime Morse

Presented By: National Gallery of Canada
Date: June 19, 2021
Time: 1-2pm

In celebration of the Summer Solstice, join us on Zoom to discuss the themes of Rebirth & Renewal. Guests speakers: Algonquin poet Albert Dumont (newly named Ottawa Poet Laureate), Métis artist Christi Belcourt, and Mi’kmaw artist Meagan Musseau, who recently made it to the 2021 Sobey Art Award long-list. Hosted by Jaime Morse (Educator, Indigenous Programs and Outreach) and her Gallery colleagues Alex Nahwegahbow (Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art), and Arianne Mulaire (Interpreter). In English, with simultaneous French interpretation.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day Programming

Presented By: Strathcona County
Date: June 19 and 21, 2021
Time: 10am on June 19, 6:30pm on June 21

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Don't miss the chance to celebrate, commemorate and learn more by participating in these special opportunities and family-friendly activities organized by Strathcona County and partners

Indigenous Day Live

Presented By: APTN
Date: June 20, 2021
Time: 8-11:30pm

APTN Indigenous Day Live (IDL) has been adapted to feature many of Turtle Island’s established and emerging Indigenous artists in a new and creative way in celebration of the 25th National Indigenous Peoples Day. Join hosts Earl Wood and Janelle Wookey for the 2021 edition of IDL, featuring performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tom Wilson, iskwē, Neon Dreams, Julian Taylor and Charlotte Cardin.

Bannock Making and Feast

Presented By: C5 Hub
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 4-6pm
Cost: Free

The agencies of the C5 Hub invite you and your family to join us for a ZOOM celebration of learning and culture with our Elder, Kokum Rose Wabasca.
The first 100 families to register will receive a bannock making kit with all ingredients needed to make bannock for you and your family.
Contact Melissa Keith at 587-334-5036 or for more information and to register.

Bent Arrow's Virtual Indigenous People's Day Celebration

Presented By: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 9am-1pm

Agenda for the Day:
9-9:30 — Smudge and Prayer
9:30-10 — Why Indigenous People's Day is important
10-11 — Dancing 11-12- Motivational Talk by Darrell Brertton Jr. on breaking the cycle followed by a Powwow dance performance
12-12:15 — Celebration of Culture Video
12:15-12:30 — Singing
12:45-1 — Prizes and Wrap-up
1-2 — Move to Reddit (r/Edmonton) for a live ask me anything with our Executive Director Cheryl Whiskeyjack!

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A Conversation with Minister Rick Wilson - Indigenous Relations

Presented By: AKSIS
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Cost: $15-25

In partnership with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Aksis is pleased to host a conversation with Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson. We look forward to having you join us for this timely and meaningful discussion!

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Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land

Presented By: The Thousand Faces Festival
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 1pm
Cost: Free

Nothing should stop the arts — except a show-stopping performance! We are happy to announce support from the Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR for our upcoming live-streamed performance of Josh Languedoc’s ‘Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land’ on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21 !! Meet Nakota, a young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, his grandfather, 103-year-old Rocko, comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long-forgotten stories of the past.

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Devon

Presented By: Town of Devon
Date: June 21, 2021
Time: 1-2pm

Join us as we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and the start of Indigenous Peoples Week in Devon! Opening celebrations will include a livestream speech from Mayor Ray Ralph, drumming and songs from River Cree Singers and Pow-Wow performances! For more information, contact 587-597-0691

Watch the livestream show at

Virtual Concert

Presented By: Town of Devon
Date: June 25, 2021
Time: 6-7pm

The Town of Devon is proud to welcome Danny L'Hirondelle and Rockin' Fiddle for a virtual concert. 

Watch the livestream show at

Medicine Bag Workshop

Presented By: Town of Devon & Creating Hope Society
Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 7-8pm
Cost: Free

Join Peggy Nepoose of Creating Hope Society of Alberta for this virtual medicine bag workshop! Participants will learn how to create their own medicine bag/pouch and will also learn teachings and knowledge of what a medicine bag is and how it is used. Supply kits will be provided prior to the workshop along with a Zoom Link. For more information call 587-597-0691.

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Alberta Métis Fest

Presented By: Métis Nation of Alberta
Date: June 26, 2021
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free

In support of our Métis musicians and artisans, Alberta Métis Fest will bring musical showcases from all six MNA regions online for a day filled of toe-tapping good times.

Alberta Metis Fest

Support Services

If you need more support or information, these services are here to help:

Learn about the current Indigenous Artist-in-Residence and their work with the program.

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7



Fax 780-577-3525

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