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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."

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.

Edmonton Indigenous Senior's Centre

Kohkum and Moshum's Annual Afternoon Tea with light lunch, tea and entertainment!

Date: Wednesday June 19, 2019
Hours: Noon-2pm
Location: EISC, Cottage E, 10107-134 Avenue

For more information, visit the Edmonton Indigenous Seniors Centre or contact Sharon Cherweniuk at 587-525-8968 or email

Alberta Indigenous Relations

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

Date: Thursday June 20, 2019
Time: 11:30am-1pm
Location: Edmonton City Centre Mall East (Lower Level-Parking Level)

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

Friday June 21, 2019

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Free Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration with Traditional Pow wow, First Nation, Metis and Inuit culture Expo, games, crafts, and BBQ

Date: Friday June 21, 2019
Hours: 9am-4pm
LocationEnoch Cree Nation Pow Wow grounds (Highway 60 and Township Road 522)

For more information, visit the Indigenous People's Day facebook page or contact Kelly Starr or Karen Boisvert at 780-963-9424 or email

Government of Canada-National Indigenous Peoples Day

Join us as we celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis!

Date: Friday June 21, 2019
Hours: 9am-4pm, main stage activities from noon-1 pm
LocationCanada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue. Youth activities will be located at the ATB Branch for Arts & Culture, 9804 Jasper Avenue

For more information, visit National Indigenous Peoples Day or contact Heather Poitras at 780-495-2840 or email


2 stages and 1 night of Indigenous art, fashion and music. Live performances, special guests and Natives Got Talent- Music Challenge.

Date: Friday June 21, 2019
Hours: 8pm
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

For more information, visit the NativeTalent or phone at 780-246-3136 or email

Saturday June 22, 2019

Indigenous Peoples Festival 

Come celebrate First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and cultures through interactive experiences, cultural demonstrations, artisans, cuisine and live concerts.

Date: Saturday June 22, 2019
Hours: 11am-9pm
LocationEdmonton Expo Centre (Hall A and North Plaza)

For more information, visit the Canadian Native Friendship Centre or phone at 780-761-1900 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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