Alberta celebrates National Aboriginal Day
June 16, 2017
Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan will speak at a National Aboriginal Day kickoff event June 19 in Edmonton, featuring Indigenous artists and performers.
This year marks the 21st annual National Aboriginal Day, a cross-country event honouring the rich and diverse history, culture and contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
“National Aboriginal Day gives all Albertans and Canadians the chance to connect with and explore Indigenous culture and history, and to appreciate its diversity, complexity and beauty. Events such as this provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about Indigenous cultures as we move forward towards reconciliation.”
Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
The celebration will feature live performances of singing and dancing by Indigenous artists.
Featured guests and performers
- Adrian LaChance, emcee
- Elder Irene Morin
- Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan
- Edmonton City Councillor Tony Caterina
- Prince Charles Fiddlers
- The Running Thunder Dancers
- Metis Child and Family Jiggers
- Celeigh Cardinal, contemporary performer
- Jenna Broomfield, Inuit throat singer
National Aboriginal Day, which officially takes place on June 21, was first proclaimed in 1996 by the federal government. It is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions – past, present, and future – of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
Monday, June 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Edmonton City Centre Mall
Street level, west side (near Hudson’s Bay)
10025 – 102A Avenue
- Alberta is home to more than 220,000 Indigenous peoples.
- There are 48 First Nations in Alberta.
- Alberta has the largest Metis population in Canada and is the only province with a recognized Metis land base – the eight Metis Settlements.
National Aboriginal Day events are taking place throughout the month of June. For information about events in your community, visit indigenous.alberta.ca
Press Secretary, Indigenous Relations