Celebrate Indigenous History Month in Edmonton
- June 11, 2021
Image by: Dyaa Eldin
For those that don’t know, June 1st marks the start of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and Edmonton is celebrating! This month, there are all kinds of COVID-safe virtual events honouring Indigenous history and culture taking place. From the annual Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival to an arts and crafts event the whole family will enjoy, check out the top three ways to celebrate National Indigenous History Month in Edmonton.
Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival
Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival is returning for 2021, but due to the pandemic it’s going to look a little bit different this year. On June 19th, the festival invites all those interested to attend their virtual online event. The festival promises to be a celebration of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples and cultures and will feature music, art, education, and entertainment. This year’s schedule of events has yet to be revealed, however, past year’s have included everything from a pow wow and live dancing to various cultural demonstrations.
Bannock Making and Feast
What could be better than learning about Indigenous culture through food? Thanks to an online culinary event called Bannock Making and Feast, you now have the chance to! Taking place on June 21st from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, the C5 Hub is streaming a live Zoom celebration of Indigenous food. The event will be hosted by Elder, Kokum Rose Wabasca and the first 100 families to register will receive a bannock making kit with all the essentials (it even promises to contain enough ingredients to feed your entire family).
Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal
Another great way to learn about Indigenous culture is through art. Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal is an Edmonton event for all ages taking place on June 12th. The free event will be hosted via Facebook Live and will introduce viewers to two types of Indigenous art, star catchers and star blankets. Over the course of the tutorial, viewers will also learn how to make each of these items for themselves. The event will run from 2:00 pm until 2:30 pm and is hosted by Indigenous artist Lance Cardinal from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory. This arts and crafts project is a great way to get little ones involved with National Indigenous History Month. To participate, make sure to purchase the necessary art supplies in advance. Must-have supplies include popsicle sticks, coloured tissue paper, scissors, black paint, a glue gun, a hairdryer, and black yarn.
If you’re going to be in Edmonton this month, then be sure to participate in National Indigenous History Month. And if you need a place to stay during your visit, we’d love to host you at the Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton South. We offer quality accommodation, family-friendly amenities, and an unbeatable location in the heart of the city.