Since 1996, Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st has celebrated, educated, and brought light to all the incredible contributions that Indigenous Canadians make to our country every day. There are many ways to learn about, celebrate, and honour the rich Indigenous history that is so integral to not only our country, but millions of Canadians nationally. Below is a list of some of the many opportunities to learn about and celebrate the incredible culture of the Indigenous people of Canada in Lethbridge and to help you honour Indigenous People's Day 2023!
Indigenous People’s Day at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
When: 11 AM - 5 PM Where: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Spend the day at the Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a site of integral portions of indigenous history and culture. Head-smashed-In Buffalo Jump invites you to immerse yourself in the Plains Buffalo Culture. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump will be open from 11 AM to 5 PM on June 21st.
Indigenous People's Day Celebrations At Galt Gardens
When: 10 AM - 4 PM Where: Galt Gardens
There is a full-day lineup of festivities, performances, and a chance to explore Indigenous culture at Galt Gardens in downtown Lethbridge on Indigenous People's Day. The Lethbridge College will be hosting a tipi raising at 10 AM, followed by Indigenous wisdom yoga, indigenous artisans, hand games hosted by Mary Ellen Little Mustache, horse painting and naming ceremony, dancers and drummers, and children's activities hosted day the Family Centre. This is a day full of celebrations you surely don't want to miss!
Indigenous People’s Day at Fort Whoop-Up
When: 1 - 4 PM Where: Fort Whoop-Up
In line with their continued and constant efforts to honor the Indigenous history and heritage of the land which Lethbridge occupies, the Fort Whoop-Up Replica Fort is opening its doors on June 21st to celebrate, honor, and educate on the history and heritage of the Indigenous people of Canada. The fort will be opening its brand-new Blackfoot Gallery for the first time, offering indigenous crafts, with food trucks present as well!
Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations at Blackfoot Crossings Historical Park
When: 11 AM - 3 PM Where: Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a Tipi opening, dance demonstrations, tours, live exhibits, a free barbecue, and more at the Blackfoot Crossings Historical Park! The park is a national historic site and the location of the signing of Treaty No. 7, making this the perfect place to spend the day reflecting on all the incredible contributions the Indigenous people of Canada have made to our lives.
Indigenous People’s Day at the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch
When: 10 AM - 5:30 PM Where: Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch
The Lethbridge public library will also be offering a selection of activities and events throughout the day to honor the heritage and contributions of the indigenous people of Canada. There will be rock dot art all day at the main branch, with story time, an elder blessing, free indigenous tacos, a Niitoyis Craft, and a beading workshop throughout the day.