Visitors to nikihci-âniskotâpân bloodline at Glenbow at The Edison.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events


Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! Below, we’re sharing a selection of local events for observing the day with reflection and celebration.

If you’re out and about, be sure to stop in to nikihci-âniskotâpân bloodline at Glenbow at The Edison! In this career-to-date exhibition, artist Meryl McMaster explores her mixed nêhiyaw/Métis and Anglo/Dutch ancestry through large-scale photographic self-portraits.

Friday, June 21

Walk for Reconciliation 
Harry Hays Building (220 4th Ave. SE) to The Confluence Historic Site & Parkland (750 9th Ave. SE) 
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
“All are welcome to join the Walk for Reconciliation for an opportunity to reflect on the difficult history and atrocities of residential schools in Canada, the legacies of survivors, and steps we can take in the healing process as we move towards a stronger future together. We encourage participants to bring any banners, signs, or flags you would like to display during the Walk.”
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National Indigenous Peoples Day Tipi Raising 
Olympic Plaza (222 8th Ave. SE) 
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Free, RSVP encouraged 
“In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, you are invited to join Garret C. Smith and his Family, in partnership with Arts Commons, to raise a tipi together at Olympic Plaza. Once the tipi has been raised, Elders will share a series of stories in the spirit of cultural sharing.”
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Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary’s Traditional Round Dance
Salvation Army Community Services (100, 5115 17th Ave. SE)
11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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OHSOTO’KINO: Indigenous Peoples Day
Studio Bell (850 4th St. SE)
Show at 1:00 p.m.
“As part of National Music Centre’s OHSOTO’KINO initiative, join us for a special event showcasing local Indigenous song, music, and dance. The day’s lineup includes Cree Métis recording artist/songwriter, poet, and filmmaker Sandra Sutter, nêhiyaw singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis, and Inuvaluit singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher with his partner Linda Saddleback.” 
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Saturday, June 22 

National Indigenous Family Day & Powwow at Enmax Park 
Enmax Park, Calgary Stampede Grounds 
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
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Sunday, June 23 

Tipi Raising Ceremony 
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW) 
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Free, no registration required
“Join Lougheed House for our annual tipi raising! Guided by Blackfoot Elder Joyce Ussangahgee (Always Singing Woman) Healy, there will be stories shared and Indigenous games to take part in. Bring the whole family and drop in throughout the day to learn and participate.”
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