National Aboriginal Day

June 21 of this year marks the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. During the month of June there are numerous opportunities to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people of Alberta and Canada.

On Friday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Alberta will kick off our 2016 National Aboriginal Day celebration in Edmonton City Centre hosted by Indigenous Relations.

Please join us, enjoy some bannock and tea, and celebrate the unique cultures of Indigenous peoples.

  • Welcome – Adrian LaChance, Emcee
  • Fiddling – Prince Charles Fiddlers
  • Traditional Dancing – Running Thunder Dancers
  • Introduction of Event and Invited Guests – Adrian LaChance
  • Opening Prayer – Elder Francis Whiskeyjack
  • Government of Alberta’s Address – Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
  • City of Edmonton’s Address – Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger
  • Inuit Throat Singing – Jenna Broomfield
  • Contemporary Performance – Red Rokk
  • Metis Performance – Edmonton Metis Cultural Dancers
  • Traditional Dancing – Running Thunder Dancers
  • Inuit Throat Singing – Jenna Broomfield
  • Contemporary Performance – Red Rokk
  • Metis Performance – Edmonton Metis Cultural Dancers
  • Traditional Dancing – Running Thunder Dancers

See photos from last year's event.