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2023 Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies

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Opening Ceremonies – June 20th, 2022!

Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies Poster 2022

Kick off the week and celebrate the diversity and rich history of the Indigenous people of Canada at the Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies, June 20th at Calgary Stampede Elbow River Camp!

JUNE 20, 2022 | 11:45-1:30
Location: Calgary Stampede Elbow River Camp

Open and free to all Entertainment, Vendors, Artisans, and Free BBQ.
Featuring Kyle Young Pine, Sings Many Songs Women, Stardale Girls Group

The event will also be available live online at: www.honouringmotherearth.com

Additional Events:

For a detailed look at events happening during the week, access AAWC’s calendar. A few events are highlighted below:

National Indigenous History Month Opening Ceremonies and Mini Powow – June 4, 1-4pm

You are invited to join Calgary Public Library for National Indigenous History Month opening ceremonies, on Saturday, June 4 at Central Memorial Park. The event will include an opening blessing by an Elder, Grand Entry with dancers, dignitaries, and flag bearers, and a mini powwow. Stew and frybread will be served. Date: Saturday, June 4 Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Central Memorial Park, in front of Memorial Park Library (1221 2 Street SW) .

Indigenous Variety Showcase – June 19, 1-4pm

Featuring local Calgary Indigenous Performers. Interested in performing? Visit the website for more information.

IndigiTRAILS – Treaty 7 Trivia – June 20th, 2-5

Treaty 7 Trivia event from 2 to 5, after the Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies! See singers, dancers, hear from Elders, get a swag bag and of course use the app, at Fort Calgary. USAY will have youth volunteers and our team there to answer any tech questions, and provide more context.

Round Dance Honouring Indigenous Day – June 21st, 1-5pm

Enjoy the Round Dance Honouring Indigenous Day put on by the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary. BBQ, Family Activities, Round Dance. Location: Marlborough Community Center

National Indigenous Family Day & POW POW – June 25, 9am-6pm

Hosted by AAWC at the Calgary Stampede Grounds – South Park,
FREE ADMISSION (open to public)

9:30am – FREE Pancake Caravan Breakfast
10:00am – Children’s Corner
10:00am – AAWC Hand Games Opening Remarks
10:00am – Registration Traditional Initiation Pow Wow – opens
11:30am – Registration Closes for Traditional Pow Wow – ends
12:00pm – Welcome Remarks
5:30pm – Traditional Pow Wow Ends
5:30pm – AAWC Hand Games Awards & Closing Remarks
5:30pm – Closing Ceremonies

Feature Attractions
– Indigenous Arts & Crafts Market (9am-5pm)
– Children’s Corner (10am-1pm)
– Exhibitions of Inuit and Metis (9am-5pm)
– Handgame Finals Playoffs (1pm-5pm)