Alberta Celebrates 20th Annual National Aboriginal Day


The Alberta government is celebrating National Aboriginal Day with a free public event on Friday, June 17, at Edmonton City Centre mall.

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“National Aboriginal Day gives us all the chance to connect with Indigenous culture and history, to appreciate its diversity, complexity and beauty. Reconciliation begins with understanding. I can think of few better ways for the people of Alberta to build that understanding.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

The event will feature live performances by Indigenous artists, including First Nations, Metis traditional dance and Inuit throat singing.

Featured guests and performers

  • Adrian LaChance, Emcee
  • Elder Francis Whiskeyjack
  • Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan
  • Edmonton City Councillor Bev Esslinger
  • Prince Charles Fiddlers
  • The Running Thunder Dancers
  • Jenna Broomfield, Inuit throat singer
  • Red Rokk, contemporary performer
  • Edmonton Metis Cultural Dancers

National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Gov. Gen. Roméo LeBlanc. It is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Event details

Friday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Edmonton City Centre
Lower level, west side (by Hudson’s Bay)
10025 – 102A Avenue

Quick facts

  • Alberta is home to the third-largest Indigenous population in Canada.
  • 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 and settlements.

National Aboriginal Day events are taking place throughout the month of June. For information about events in your community, visit indigenous.alberta.ca.

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