3 Ways to Celebrate National Indigenous History Month in Edmonton

  • July 05, 2021

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June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and while Indigenous history deserves to be celebrated year-round, Canadians can use June as a starting point. This month, Edmonton is hosting all kinds of COVID-safe virtual events that celebrate Indigenous history and culture. From a Zoom tutorial on bannock making to an Indigenous arts and crafts event the whole family will enjoy, check out 3 ways to celebrate National Indigenous History Month in Edmonton.


Bannock Making and Feast

Kick off National Indigenous History Month by attending a virtual culinary event called Bannock Making and Feast. Taking place on June 21st from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, the C5 Hub invites you to join in a Zoom celebration of Indigenous food hosted by Elder, Kokum Rose Wabasca. The first 100 families to register will receive a bannock making kit with enough ingredients to feed you and your family.


Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival

Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival is back for 2021, but due to the pandemic it’s going virtual. On June 19th, the festival invites all those interested to attend their online event that promises to celebrate First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and cultures through music, arts, education, and entertainment. While this year’s schedule of events has yet to be released, previous versions of the event have included live dancing, cultural demonstrations, and a pow  wow. 


Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal

On June 12th, take part in a family-friendly event called Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal. This free event will be hosted online through Facebook Live and will teach viewers how to make a star catcher and a star blanket. The tutorial will run from 2:00 pm until 2:30 pm and is hosted by Indigenous artist Lance Cardinal from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory. This fun and easy project is a great way to get young ones involved with National Indigenous History Month. To participate, be sure to have the necessary art supplies on hand, which include popsicle sticks, coloured tissue paper, scissors, a glue gun, black yarn, black paint, and a hairdryer.


Celebate and honour the Indigenous peoples of Canada by participating in National Indigenous History Month in Edmonton. And if you’re travelling to Edmonton this summer, we’d love to host you at the Paradise Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport. We combine family-friendly amenities and a cozy atmosphere with a convenient location right near the airport.


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