Celebrate Indigenous History Month

In June we celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. If you’re new to Canada, this is a great time to learn about those who have called Canada home since time immemorial.

Throughout the month, events and activities across the country aim to educate and raise awareness about the diverse cultures, languages, and histories of Indigenous peoples.  By engaging in learning and participating in Indigenous-led initiatives, Canadians can foster greater understanding and build stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Here are just a few of the events happening:

National Indigenous History Month: Celebrating Indigenous Sport Heroes with Cindy Martin at the Calgary Public Library
Friday, June 7 from 10 – 11 am

Join Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame to learn about Tom Longboat’s remarkable story from his great-great-great-niece, Cindy Martin. Explore the story of an inspiring role model, delving into his legacy and impact on Canada’s sporting heritage. Register here.

National Indigenous History Month: Cindy Martin Reading and Craft
Saturday, June 8 from 11 am to  12:30 pm
Listen to Cindy Martin’s captivating reading of “The Protector of Peace: A Haudenosaunee Story.” Then, ignite your creativity in a craft session creating your own Olympic torch. Don’t miss this unique fusion of storytelling and hands-on fun.
Central Library – Level 1 – Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery

Otipemisiwak Metis Event
June 14 to 16 from 10 am to 4 pm
Mamawii Kishkayta – Gather and Learn with the Métis. Join us for an enriching three-day event and come together to celebrate Métis culture and traditions.
South Glenmore Park, Weasel Head Flats (90th Ave. and Oakmount Dr. S.W.)

National Indigenous History Month: Secret Path with Mike Downie
June 15 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Through Mike and Gord Downie’s book “Secret Path,” Mike Downie will explore the history of residential schools in Canada and help people understand the importance of reconciliation and the need for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to work together.
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall (800 3 Street SE)’

Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies
June 17 from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
On June 22, join in for family friendly activities, including a: Pow wow, Dedicated children’s corner, and Talent showcase featuring Indigenous artists and performers.
Olympic Plaza

Family Day, Powwow, Handgames & Indigenous Idol
June 22 from 9 am – 6 pm
Come together, learn, and celebrate the diversity and resilience of Indigenous peoples.
Elbow River Camp

Chief David Crowchild Awards and Solstice Ceremony
June 20 from 11:45 am to 1 pm
We’re gathering on June 20 to recognize outstanding achievements within the Indigenous community. The Chief David Crowchild Awards & Solstice Ceremony will be a momentous occasion.
Municipal Atrium, 800 MacLeod Trail S.E.

Solstice ceremony
June 20 from 2 – 4 pm
After the event, we will be going to the Confluence Historic Site & Parkland to celebrate the solstice. The longest day of the year will be celebrated with a tobacco ceremony, round dance, and other activities.
Confluence Historic Site & Parkland, 750 9th Ave S.E.

Voices of the Future – In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 from 11 am to 2 pm
Professionals are invited to network at this inaugural event to further their education on working with Indigenous peoples. An educational film screening and drumming performance will take place and local Indigenous artisans will exhibit their wares.
The Ampersand – Mezzanine level (144 4 Avenue SW)

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