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Setting aside a day for Indigenous Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Indigenous Peoples' important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, "It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future."

Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival

Come and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Edmonton’s river valley!  On June 21, 2018, Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival takes over Victoria Park. First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and cultures will be celebrated through interactive experiences, cultural demonstrations, a pow-wow, artisans, cuisine and live concerts.

Learn more at www.EIPFestival.ca.  The City of Edmonton is a proud supporter of this event.

History of National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the intention to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The day is part of the annual nationwide ‘Celebrate Canada’ period with celebrations centering around National Aboriginal Day, but continuing through St-Jean Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and concluding with Canada Day.

Wednesday June 20

Alberta Indigenous Relations

Please join us, enjoy some bannock and tea, and celebrate the unique cultures of Indigenous peoples.

Date: Wednesday June 20, 2018
Time: 11:30am-1:15pm
Location: Edmonton City Centre Mall West (Street Level, West Side – Hudson’s Bay)

For more information, visit Alberta Indigenous Relations or contact Kellie Freeborn at 780-427-6143 or email kellie.freeborn@gov.ab.ca

Thursday June 21

Edmonton's Indigenous Peoples Festival

First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and cultures will be celebrated through interactive experiences, cultural demonstrations, artisans, cuisine and live concerts.

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018
Time: 11am-8pm
Location: Victoria Park, Edmonton’s river valley at 12030 River Valley Road

No public parking or drop-off is available at Victoria Park, but free and convenient Park and Ride services are available from Re/Max (formerly Telus) Field and a free festival shuttle is available from Coliseum Transit Centre, connecting to the LRT and ETS buses, during festival hours.

For more information, visit Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival, contact Morgan Bamford at 780-496-1028 or email EIPFestival@gmail.com

Indigenous Services Canada - Alberta Region

National Indigenous Peoples Day provides Canadians an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis!  This year’s theme is “Our Children, Our Future”, and will mark the 23rd year of hosting events at Canada Place in Edmonton.

The day will feature children activities, Indigenous artisan vendors, and a cake and bannock give away. The main event will take place from noon-1pm, which will include a Grand Entry, keynote speaker: Grand Chief Littlechild, and a youth hip hop performance along with fiddling. 

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue

For more information, visit National Indigenous Peoples Day, contact Tyler Hart at 780-495-2840 or email tyler.hart@canada.ca.

The Red Road Healing Society

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018
Time: 3-9pm
Location: RJ Scott School - School Grounds Soccer Field

For more information, visit the Red Road Healing Society website, email Joanne PompanaTyrann Gregory or Cecilia Cragg or call 780-471-3220.

IndigiSoulstice

Traditional drumming, dancing, entertainment, cultural teachings, crafts, local vendors and much more!

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018
Time: 8pm
Location: Mercury Room - 11575-114 Street
Notes: Must be 18 or older to attend

For more information, contact Donna Bedard at 587-599-1615

Friday June 22

2018 Aboriginal Day Celebration

Free event includes Cultural teachings, crafts and games, BBQ lunch, soup and bannock dinner, Metis dancing and singing, Mini Pow Wow with Specials and numerous vendors.

Date: Friday June 22, 2018
Time: 8:30am-9pm
Location: Heritage Park and Pavilion in Stony Plain, 5100-41 Avenue

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AboriginalDayAB, contact Angela Lyttle for large group RSVP or questions at 780-968-3449 or email CS.Aboriginal-Day@gov.ab.ca

Saturday June 23

Album Release 'ISKO' by Connie LeGrande (Cikwes)

The Album 'ISKO' Release Party is a celebration of Indigenous Matriach beauty and resistance expressed through the power of song and movement. Cikwes (Connie LeGrande) is the creator and writer of ISKO. Cikwes is from Bigstone Cree Nation and is a fluent Cree speaker and Nehiyaw soul singer and song writer.

Her musical background is rooted in Woodland Cree traditions, with creative influences ranging from throat singing, jazz, soul, R&B, reggae, infused with deep primal tribal flow. Cikwes sings both in Cree and In English. Her music is a force aligned with Indigenous resilience, reminding us that love and prayer overcomes all adversity and this is why #WE ARE STILL HERE.

Date: Saturday June 23, 2018
Time: Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
Location: Aviary 9314 - 111 Avenue NW

For more information, email Connie LeGrande at nehiyawsoulgirl@gmail.com

Sunday June 24

St. Albert National Aboriginal Day Society

In addition to Indigenous Day celebrations we are supporting a walk in support of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This walk is organized by a grade 11 student who is passionate about this cause. The walk will start at 11am from Lion's Park. Join our Grand Entry at noon.

Date: Sunday June 24, 2018
Time: Noon
Location: Lion's Park, 21 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St. Albert

For more information, contact Gwen Crouse, President, St Albert National Aboriginal Day Celebration Society at 780-717-6783 or email gwencrouse@hotmail.com

National Aboriginal Day

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

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

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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