A group of Aboriginal men play a large drum

5 ways to celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week

A group of Aboriginal men play a large drum

This year’s Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC) kicks off June 15 and runs through to National Aboriginal Day on June 21. AAWC’s theme this year is “Keeping the Circle Strong,” honouring the past, present and future of all communities.

Below are just a few of the ways you can get involved and learn more about Aboriginal Awareness in our city.

  1. June 16: Opening Ceremonies for Aboriginal Awareness Week
    • This ceremony kicks off Aboriginal Awareness Week celebrations around the themes of Honouring Mother Earth and Community, recognizing the community efforts of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to help those in need after last year’s flood.
    • When: Monday, June 16, 11:00 am – 1:00pm
    • Where: Olympic Plaza
    • Cost: Free
  2. June 16: Youth Celebration
    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are celebrating Aboriginal youth participants and their families involved in their programs. The night includes youth MCs, singers, guitar performances, a DJ demo and an art gallery.
    • When: Monday, June 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
    • Where: Renfrew Hangar, 713, 13 Ave NE
  3. June 19: Resource & Community Fair
    • This fair features arts and crafts from local Aboriginal artisans and highlights resources on training opportunities, education, housing and employment services.
    • When: Thursday, June 19, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Where: Aboriginal Futures, 6011 – 1A St SW
    • Cost: Free
  4. June 19: Aboriginal Awareness Week Gala Event
    • Enjoy and celebrate the contributions made by all Aboriginal people to Canada’s rich culture at this evening gala. Speakers include Gemini Award Winner Tina Keeper, Phil Fontaine, Juno Award Winner Crystal Shawanda and DeRic Starlight.
    • When: Thursday, June 19, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
    • Where: BMO Centre, Palomino Room
    • Cost: $175/person
  5. June 21: Familly Day Pow Wow Festival
    • This festival features performances by Gary Farmer and the Black Eyed Creez, drumming lessons and performances, a round dance and a traditional Pow Wow starting at 4:00.
    • When: Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Where: Shaw Millennium Park
    • Cost: Free

Visit the AAWC website to see a complete listing of events.