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Setting aside a day for Aboriginal Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Aboriginal 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." 

History of National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. Today National Aboriginal Day is part of the annual nation-wide Celebrate Canada with celebrations centering around National Aboriginal Day, but continuing through St-Jean Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and concluding with Canada Day.

Edmonton National Aboriginal Day Committee

The Edmonton National Aboriginal Day Committee (NAD) is a volunteer-based group of organizations and individuals who come together to coordinate NAD activities and showcase the Aboriginal people: First Nation, Métis and Inuit. Through a collaborative approach, the committee encourages all nations to share in the celebrations.


National Aboriginal Day Community Events

June 19, 2017

Alberta Indigenous Relations

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

Date: Monday, June 19
Time: 11:30am-1:15pm
Location: Edmonton City Centre Mall West (Street Level–Outside The Bay)

For more information, visit Alberta Indigenous Relations or contact Kellie Freeborn at 780-427-6143 or email

June 20, 2017

Treaty Chiefs Employment and Training Services Association, Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton International Airport

Traditional Indigenous culture through dance, music and art.

Date: Tuesday, June 20
Time: 11:45am-1:15pm
Location: Edmonton International Airport, outside at
arrivals (in front of Door 8 – 9)

For more information, contact Eva John-Gladue at 780-481-8585 or email

June 21, 2017

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Free all day festival followed by a concert from 6-10pm. No public parking
is available on site.

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 10am-10pm
Location: Victoria Park

For more information, visit Aboriginal Day Live, contact Charlene Bearhead at 780-932-3520 or email

Government of Canada Partnership Committee

Free event. All nations are welcomed to share in the celebration!

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Canada Place

For more information, visit Government of Canada, contact Heather Poitras at 780-495-6728 or email

Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society

Bring your own lawn chairs.

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Bent Arrow/Parkdale School

For more information, visit Bent Arrow , contact the Community Events Committee at 780-481-3451 or email

Bissell Centre

Street festival will include drumming, dancers, art activities, traditional stew and bannock.

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: 96 Street (between the Bissell Centre buildings)

For more information, visit Bissell Centre, contact Amanda Power at 780-423-2285 ext. 134 or email

The Red Road Healing Society, Canada 150, E4C, Norwood Parent Link, SAGE, City of Edmonton, Creating Hope Society, Candora Society

Join us for our Mitakuye Oyasin "We Are All Related" Reconciliation Traditional
Memorial Pow Wow, Canada 150 Activities, Information Booth Walkway, Community
Showcase, National Aboriginal Day Events, Food Fun and Laughter.

Bring your family, blankets and lawn chairs to settle in for an awesome afternoon and

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 3-10pm
Location: RJ Scott School - School Grounds and Gymnasium

For more information, visit The Red Road Healing Society Facebook Page or email either Joanne Pompana or Tyrann Gregory.

June 23, 2017

Aboriginal Day Celebration - #GetUpAndDance

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

Date: Friday, June 23
Time: 9am-3:30pm
Location: Heritage Park & Pavilion

For more information, contact Karen Boisvert at 780-475-3946 or email

Alberta Health Services, Indigenous Wellness Clinic

Come and meet the staff and physicians at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic. Bannock and stew will be provided at lunch.

Date: Friday, June 23
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Royal Alexandra Hospital - Anderson Hall, Second floor

For more information, visit Alberta Health Services–Indigenous Health, contact Melanie Hennig at 780-735-5326 or email

June 24, 2017

Métis Nation of Alberta / Métis Crossing

Metis Crossing will be hosting a public event in celebration of Aboriginal Day. This year’s event will be in celebration of Canada 150, with a focus on the many Metis contributions to Canada’s history. We are excited to be including a fish fry, various entertainment and Metis cultural artisans on the site throughout the day. We are pleased to extend an invitation to your staff and their families to join us for the festivities.

Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Metis Crossing Heritage Site, Smoky Lake Alberta

For more information, visit Alberta Metis, contact Leon Boychuck-Hunter at 780-656-2229 or email

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

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