Calgary Events to Check Out During National Indigenous History Month

Honour National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at these events featuring music and dance performances, traditional powwows, film screenings and more.

Tom Jackson is one of the artists that has been added to the Speak Up! exhibition at the National Music Centre. Photograph by Rafal Wegiel.

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21 and there is also Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary from June 18 to 24. During this month (and beyond), it’s important to take time to learn about, acknowledge and appreciate Indigenous culture and history.

Here are some upcoming events where you can learn more about Indigenous culture and stories this month.

 

National Indigenous History Month Events with the Calgary Public Library

When: Multiple dates

The Calgary Public Library, which offers educational resources on Indigenous culture and history, is holding several events for both adults and children over National Indigenous History Month. You can listen to a livestream keynote with Alwyn Morris on June 21, take a virtual fry bread cooking class on June 22, watch a screening of the film Shadows in Time on June 24 and more.

calgarylibrary.ca

 

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary

When: June 18 to 24

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC) returns this year from June 18 to 24 with the theme of “Honoring Mother Earth and Water.” Don’t miss the National Indigenous Family Day and Powwow on June 24 at Enmax Park, which will feature an Indigenous arts and craft market, a hand games tournament, a traditional powwow, a free barbecue and more.

aawc.ca

 

Indigenous Science Month at Telus Spark

When: June 17, 21 and 24

Check out the wide range of activities taking place at Telus Spark during the science centre’s Indigenous Science Month. Depending on the day of your visit, guests can check out an Indigenous market, watch film showcases, hear a talk on plant medicine, learn about Indigenous science and more.

220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca

 

Campfire Chats: A Celebration of Indigenous Music

When: June 21

The University of Calgary is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with the latest edition of its Campfire Chats. This free event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. and focuses on Indigenous music and performances.

Heritage Park Plaza, ucalgary.ca

 

OHSOTO’KINO: Indigenous Peoples Day at Studio Bell

When: June 21

The National Music Centre (NMC) and Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary have teamed up to cast a spotlight on Indigenous dancing, music and song on National Indigenous Peoples Day. On that day, NMC is debuting an updated version of its Speak Up! exhibition, which will now feature five additional Indigenous artists: Tom Jackson, Elisapie, Ferron, Fawn Wood and Drezus. You can also catch performances by hoop dancer Quentin Pipestem, singer-songwriter Cynthia Hamar, and powwow singers and drum group Eya-Hey Nakoda. Admission is free on June 21.

Studio Bell, studiobell.ca

 

Walk for Reconciliation 2023

When: June 21

On June 21, you can join the 2023 Walk for Reconciliation, which travels from the Harry Hays Building to Fort Calgary from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Afterwards, the walk will be followed by an outdoor gathering with drumming and dance performances, speeches and a community meal.

Walk starts at Harry Hays Building, 220 4 Ave. S.E., ends at Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E., fortcalgary.com

 

Mini Powwow Showcase

When: June 21

Four Winds and Arts Commons have teamed up for a mini powwow showcase on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The outdoor event at Olympic Plaza will feature music and performances from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Olympic Plaza, artscommons.ca

 

AFCC Traditional Round Dance

When: June 21

On June 21, join the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary for an afternoon traditional round dance at the Calgary Marlborough Community Association that will also feature traditional games, stew and bannock, and storytelling.

Calgary Marlborough Community Association, 636 Marlborough Way N.E., @afccalgary

 

Indigenous History Month Artisan Market

When: June 23 and 24

Organized by Authentically Indigenous, the Indigenous History Month Artisan Market runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. over two days at Southcentre Mall’s Centre Court. The market will have an opening ceremony on June 23 with traditional dance and drum performances and a prayer and blessing from an elder. Guests can shop from 12 vendors including Redman Customs, Releaf Aromatherapy, Oji Creations and more.

100 Anderson Rd. S.E., southcentremall.com

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