Upcoming Calgary Events to Check Out During National Indigenous History Month

Honour National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day at these upcoming Calgary events.

Telus Spark is hosting Indigenous Science Days from June 21 to 25. Pictured here are obsidian flakes created by flint knapping/making arrowheads, which guests can learn more about at the “Bows and Arrow Demo, and Flint Knapping” events on June 21. Photograph courtesy of Telus Spark.


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 this month on June 21 and there is also Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary from June 19 to 25. 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 attend a National Indigenous Peoples Day event highlighting Indigenous athletes on June 21, watch a screening of three short films by Stardale Women’s Group on June 24 and more.



Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary

When: June 19 to 25

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC) returns this year from June 19 to 25 with a theme of “Keeping the Circle Strong through Language and Culture.” The week includes an Indigenous Variety Showcase on June 19 at the National Music Centre, as well as an Indigenous Handgames Tournament and National Indigenous Family Day & Powwow on June 25 at the Calgary Stampede Grounds.



Campfire Chats: Buffalo Treaty

When: June 21

The University of Calgary is celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with the latest edition of its Campfire Chats. This free webinar runs from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature Traditional Knowledge Keepers and allies, including Leroy Little Bear, Dr. Tasha Hubbard and Marie-Eve Marchand, speaking on the Buffalo Treaty.



National Indigenous History Month Events at Fort Calgary

When: June 21

On June 21, you can join the 2022 Walk for Reconciliation, which runs from the Harry Hays Building to Fort Calgary and will be followed by performances, speakers and a community picnic. That same day, Fort Calgary will also be launching a new temporary visual arts exhibition called Our Stories, Our Voices, Our Ways that features Indigenous artists.

Guests can also visit ongoing exhibits like Daphne Boyer’s otipemisiwak until June 26 or watch the Making Treaty 7 film Istotsi — The Land We Live On until October 2.

950 9 Ave. S.E., fortcalgary.com



When: June 21

Pop by Olympic Plaza on National Indigenous Peoples Day to hear music performances curated by Alanna Bluebird-Onespot and see a Mini Powwow presentation.

Olympic Plaza, artscommons.ca


AFCC BBQ & Traditional Round Dance

When: June 21

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

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


Sookapii Hour

When: June 21

Making Treaty 7 and The Grand have teamed up for a free meet-and-greet in The Grand’s lobby on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Stop by from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to hear DJ Caylem Simeon and snack on Indigenous fare.

608 1 St. S.W., 403-205-2922, thegrandyyc.ca


New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation

When: June 21

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, Heritage Park is showcasing a multi-media performance of New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation. Focused around Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman’s life story and the Blackfoot people’s history, the production features Indigenous dance and poetry as well as Blackfoot music.

Heritage Park, heritagepark.ca


Indigenous Science Days at Telus Spark

When: June 21 to 25

Check out the wide range of activities taking place at Telus Spark during the science centre’s Indigenous Science Days. Guests can learn about different powwow dances, shop at an Indigenous art market, attend a caribou tufting or fish scale workshop, check out an IndigeSTEAM showcase, watch hip hop performances and more.

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


Indigenous Awareness Week Artisan Market 

When: June 23 to 24

The Indigenous Awareness Week Artisan Market runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. over two days at Southcentre Mall. Held in the mall’s Centre Court, the market starts with an opening ceremony that will have a traditional dance performance and an opening prayer and blessing with Elder Dian EagleSpeaker. There will be nine Indigenous vendors to shop from, as well as a resource centre where guests can learn more about Indigenous culture. There will also be an opportunity to donate to Bear Clan Patrol Calgary.

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

[Note: This story has been updated to reflect the revised dates and name of the Indigenous Awareness Week Artisan Market.]

[This story was updated to reflect 2022 events on June 15, 2022.]

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