National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

Every June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month, which is an opportunity to honour the unique heritage, outstanding contributions, and diverse cultures of First NationInuit, and Métis communities across Turtle Island. On June 21, we honour National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Celebrate with us on June 15

UPDATE: Due to the forecast for rain on June 15, Indigenous market vendors will be set up in two locations – both outside the Civic Centre, and inside Miner’s Union Hall. Drumming and Dancing will proceed at the Civic Centre.  

Join us on June 15 in the Civic Centre plaza from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for the celebration of National Indigenous History Month. Experience and learn about the unique cultures, traditions, and experiences of Indigenous communities through a day filled with drumming, dancing, and an Indigenous market. 

Here is what you can look forward to:

Indigenous Market (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - will be outside the Civic Centre and inside Miner's Union Hall): Explore a diverse range of handcrafted goods, art, and products made by Indigenous artisans. 

Drumming and Dancing (12 - 2 p.m.): Feel the rhythm and energy of Indigenous drumming and dance performances. 

Free creative craft kits available for pickup inside the Civic Centre

Indigenous book sales available for purchase inside the Civic Centre

Indigenous Story Walk in Rotary Friendship Park

All are welcome to attend this event. National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning, celebration, and coming together in the spirit of unity and respect. 


Volunteer with Us on June 15

The Town of Canmore is committed to working in right relations with our Indigenous community members and neighbours. Are you interested in building relationships and working toward reconciliation with us? We are looking for volunteers to help us celebrate National Indigenous History Month on June 15.

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Travel with Us to Mini Thni on June 21

The Town of Canmore recognizes National Indigenous History Month with activities planned in Canmore on June 15 instead of June 21 to honour the Iyarhe (Stoney) Nakoda Traditional Pow Wow in Mini Thni on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21).

This year, in collaboration with the Stoney community, the Town of Canmore is providing two FREE shuttles to bring people from Canmore to Mini Thni to attend the pow wow at the Stoney Nakoda Recreation Centre on June 21. En route to the pow wow, an event host will share information about pow wow history and etiquette, and they will host a Q&A. 

No advance booking is required; however, bus seating is on a first come, first served basis until no seats remain. 

June 21 Schedule

10:30 a.m. Check in with event host at Elevation Place. If you are driving to Elevation Place, please park in the panhandle to access parking for longer than 4-hours. 

11 a.m. Busses depart Canmore for the Stoney Nakoda Recreation Centre

12 p.m. Arrival at the Stoney Nakoda Recreation Centre

2:30 p.m. Bus departs from the Stoney Nakoda Recreation Centre

3:30 p.m. Arrival at Elevation Place

Please ensure to bring water, snacks, and weather-appropriate clothing. The pow wow is held indoors; however, you may want to bring some warm layers in case of cooler weather.