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National Indigenous Peoples Day

By June 18, 2024No Comments

National Indigenous People’s Day, June 21, is a day to celebrate the rich heritage and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. This year, we are celebrating through a series of events in collaboration with several community partners including the Otipemisiwak Métis Government, Telus SparkThe Confluence Historic Site & Parkland (formerly Fort Calgary) and Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary. These events pay tribute to the rich stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples.

“We continue to emphasize the importance of dispelling myths, reclaiming Indigenous identities and educating the younger generations,” says Lorelei Higgins, Team Lead for the Indigenous Relations Office at The City. “June is a celebration period and an opportunity for reflection and education. We encourage everyone to bring their families and friends to one (or several!) of the immersive experiences planned this month to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous histories and contemporary realities.”

Schedule of events

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary – June 17 -22

Opening Ceremony at Olympic Plaza, June 17, 11:30 a.m.

Family Day Pow Wow, children’s corner and talent showcase, Enmax Park, June 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) Awards – Gather to recognize outstanding achievements within the Indigenous community and honour the contributions and successes of individuals who embody leadership, innovation and dedication to their community. Two prestigious awards presented: the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award and the Aboriginal Isgaakuwa (Young Persons) Achievement Award. Awards will be presented at the Calgary Municipal Building Atrium, June 20, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.mRSVP encouraged.

Indigenous Relations Office (IRO) Solstice Celebration – The indigenous Relations Office, in partnership with Telus Spark through their Indigenous Science Connections Program, has curated a unique opportunity to observe summer solstice and welcome the changing season. This outdoor gathering is a chance to learn about the science and significance of the sun to these lands from a local knowledge keeper, a tobacco offering and a moment of reflection. Then, enjoy family friendly fun through science experiments led by SPARK and conclude the afternoon with a Round Dance. The Confluence Historic Site and Parkland (formerly Fort Calgary), June 20, 2-4 p.m. RSVP encouraged.

National Indigenous Peoples Day  June 21  while no formal agenda is planned for National Indigenous Peoples Day, Calgarians are encouraged to attend a community led event.

Calgarians are encouraged to participate in these events, which not only celebrate Indigenous heritage and serve as a reminder of the ongoing journey to Truth and Reconciliation.

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Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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