Indigenous Lethbridge

Oki and welcome to Sikoohkotok (Lethbridge). Oki means hello in Blackfoot, and it is the official greeting of Sikoohkotok (Lethbridge). This page is a meant as a starting point for visitors and locals looking to broaden their understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and contributions in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

Discover Indigenous Experiences in Southern Alberta

Pale Horse Tipi Camp Booking July - August 2024!

Pale Horse Tipi Camp is officially taking bookings for 2024! Each stay is a unique cultural experience you won't be able to find anywhere else in the world. Sleep in a tipi, enjoy authentic meals, cultural experiences, and entry-level horseback riding are just a few of the things visitors can expect. pThere is truly no other experience like this in Southern Alberta, don't miss your chance to stay here when you stay in Southern Alberta. Book today by clicking the button below!

Tour Southern Alberta with Spotted Eagle Contracting!

Spotted Eagle Contracting offers shuttle services for small groups. Travel from attraction to attraction safely, comfortably, and quickly! Located out of Standoff Alberta, they know the area like the back of their hands and are more than ready to work with you to plan out the trip of a life time. For more information and pricing, contact Spotted Eagle Contracting, and get ready to tour some of the most incredible attractions that Southern Alberta has to offer!

Indigenous Landmarks & Experiences

Lethbridge is at the heart of 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These locations are also historic and cultural landmarks to the Blackfoot people. For an intro into Indigenous history and culture, we recommend visiting Estipah-skikikini-kots (Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump) or Paahtómahksik (Waterton Lakes National Park). A guided walking tour at Áísínai'pi (Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park) will help you better understand the ancient rock art found there.

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The History and Importance of The Blackfoot Territories

The City of Lethbridge rests on the ancestral land of the Blackfoot and Indigenous people of Canada. Lethbridge is in Treaty 7 territory as well as a part of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

This land has sustained and supported the lives and culture of all Indigenous people since long before we began tracking our history. To learn more about the territory and how it supports the cultural and historical practices of the Blackfoot people of Canada, read Rebecca Many Grey Horses' article on the importance of this territory to Blackfoot culture.

Sacred Sites on Blackfoot Territory

Our region is home to many locations that are significant to Blackfoot Culture. From the Majorville Medicine Wheel to Estipah-skikikini-kots / Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump and Áísínai'pi / Writing on Stone, Southern Alberta is filled with places that are as sacred as they are spectacular. Some sites visitors can easily visit, others are are not attractions, all should be treated with respect. Read Rebecca Many Grey Horses article on the sacred sites of Alberta to learn more.

The Galt Museum and Archives has many resources devoted to the Blackfoot culture.

Blanche Bruised Head, the Galt Museum Blackfoot interpreter, introduces the history, culture and worldview of the Blackfoot people to a group of students.

The Galt Museum and Archives/

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The Galt Museum and Archives is actively collecting and maintaining the history, stories, and artifacts of Indigenous Lethbridge. Along with Blackfoot history, they have assembled an excellent Blackfoot language page.

More Indigenous Resources

This page will continue to grow and develop. Here are more links to outside sources involved in Blackfoot history and culture and Indigenous Tourism.

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