National Aboriginal Day

June 21 of this year marks the 21st 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 Monday, June 19, from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, the Government of Alberta kicked off our 2017 National Aboriginal Day celebration in Edmonton’s City Centre, hosted by Indigenous Relations.

Many came to 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 Irene Morin
  • Government of Alberta’s Address – Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
  • City of Edmonton’s Address – Tony Caterina of Ward 7
  • Metis Performance – Metis Child and Family Jiggers
  • Contemporary Performance – Celeigh Cardinal
  • Inuit Throat Singing – Jenna Broomfield
  • Traditional Dancing – Running Thunder Dancers