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National Indigenous Peoples History Month Events

June 11, 2021 - June 30, 2021


National Indigenous Peoples History Month Events

MacEwan University, NorQuest College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton are partnering up to bring you a month of virtual activities to celebrate National Indigenous Month! In June, Canadians are encouraged to learn about the diverse experiences, languages, and cultures of their local Indigenous communities. Join us as we celebrate the culture of this land's original peoples.


NAIT Moose hide tanning and how to make bannock

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Nîsôhkamâtotân Programs and Services Manager Derek Thunder talks to Cultural Advisor Verna Orr about how to tan a moose hide, a process that involves several distinct steps. As Orr demonstrates - from raw to finished hide - the result is a product of tradition, skill, patience, and people helping one another.

Nîsôhkamâtotân Programs and Services Manager Derek Thunder took techlife video intern Tim Evans to the kitchens of Ernest's, NAIT's on-campus restaurant, to show you how to make bannock.

June 11, 12:00 to 1:00 pm - Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship

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NorQuest College

Join the Indigenous Student Centre at NorQuest college for a live panel event with 3 Indigenous women pursuing their passion in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Pleased to join us with a panel from Adrienne Larocque, owner of Kihew and Rose, Jessica Sanderson-Barry, owner of J-Shine Design, and Shani Gwin, owner of Gwin Communications. This will be a chance to ask questions and listen to their journeys as Indigenous Women entrepreneurs.

Shani Gwin, Founder and Managing Partner, Gwin Communications
Instagram: @gwincommunications
Twitter: @ShaniGwin

Jessica Sandersen-Barry, Founder, JShine Designs
Instagram: @jshinedesigns

Adrienne Larocque, Founder, Kihew and Rose
Instagram: @Kihewandrose


June 21, 10:00 am - Land-Based Teachings with Kevin Lewis and kihêw waciston

Hosted by

MacEwan University

Join kihêw waciston and Dr. Kevin Lewis for a session filmed at kâniyâsihk Culture Camps on the importance of land-based education in connecting with the environment and celebrating Indigenous culture.


June 23, 2:00 to 3:00 pm - Tipi Teachings with Elder Philip Campiou

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Concordia University of Edmonton - Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre

Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to present teachings of the nehiyaw (Cree) tipi with Elder Philip Campiou in celebration of National Indigenous History Month. Learn about the structure and set up, traditional uses, and values associated with each tipi pole. This is a free and virtual event open to everyone interested in learning.

Elder Philip Campiou is from Driftpile First Nation and is actively involved in teaching holistic approaches to health and healing in schools across Alberta. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect for Mother Earth and the spirituality held by all Her inhabitants. As an adult, Phillip has devoted his life to sharing his knowledge of traditional values and lifestyle.

PowwowFit with Notorious Cree

This event has been rescheduled to Friday, June 25 at 1:00 pm. Registration is open.

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First House - University of Alberta

This event is sponsored


First Peoples’ House at the University of Alberta is excited to welcome James Jones (Notorious Cree) for a virtual presentation. Notorious Cree is a men’s fancy Powwow dancer and among the top 3 world hoop dancers who also plays the flute and hand drum. Notorious Cree blends traditional, modern, and contemporary arts with comedy to showcase a high-energy performance. During the presentation, James will speak about health and fitness and then lead participants through a PowwowFit workshop. PowwowFit is a unique high-intensity Indigenous dance exercise program that targets a full-body workout. Get ready to give your mind, body, and spirit a workout!

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June 30, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - National Indigenous Peoples Month Closing Event

NAIT, University of Alberta, NorQuest College, Concordia University of Edmonton, and MacEwan University are closing out National Indigenous Peoples Month with messages from each institution’s executive and inspirational keynote speaker Dr. James Makokis.

Dr. James Makokis is a Nehiyô Two Spirit Family Physician from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Dr. Makokis heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2+ and Transgender focused medical practices and commits himself to saving lives through his progressive empathetic approach to medicine. He incorporates Nehiyô healing practices to connect the mind, body, and spirit. He appeared on the Amazing Race Canada Season 7 as one half of "Team Ahkameyimok" and won.

The keynote is followed by a Panel Discussion facilitated by podcasthosts of "Two Crees in a Pod"

  • Danielle Powder, Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Derek Thunder, NAIT
  • Jessie Letendre, University of Alberta
  • Elliott Young, NorQuest College
  • Terri Suntjens, MacEwan University

Come join us to celebrate the month, reflect on some learnings, and hear from a panel about the each institution’s Indigenous student services centers are planning for the future.

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