Indigenous Awareness WeekOngoing

These activities and venues are provided by the following partner organizations

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Fort Whoop-Up
  • Galt Museum & Archives
  • Lethbridge Police Service
  • Lethbridge Pride Fest
  • Lethbridge Pubic Library
  • Lethbridge Sport Council
  • Native Counselling Services Alberta

Colouring Contest

Choose one of two images from any library branch, and get to work on your best colouring job. Entries must be dropped off at the Bookmobile to be eligible for a prize. Contest runs JUN 01–21.

Mon JUN 18

9:30 am Hospital Tepee Raising

Join Alberta Health Services at the Chinook Regional Hospital’s atrium for this tepee raising. The tepee will remain up throughout the week. Held at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the atrium.

11:30–1:30 pm Indigenous Awareness Feast Day at the Galt Museum

The Galt Museum & archives celebrates the beginning of Indigenous Awareness Week. Join us for a free lunch, friends and more. Held at the Galt Museum & Archives

1–3 pm Indigenous Art

Join Alberta Health Services in making indigenous art this afternoon. Held in the Lethbridge Centre in room 1101.

Tue JUN 19

10 am Blackfoot Story Hour

Join us in the Children’s Department where we will be hosting a guest storyteller who will be sharing traditional Blackfoot legends. Everyone is welcome! Held at the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch in the Children’s Corner.

11:30–1 pm Smudging Ceremony

Held at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the Ceremony Room on level 4.

7 pm PrideFest IndigiQueer Panel

A Lethbridge Two Spirit panel discussion that will explore the nature of Queer culture from an Indigenous perspective. Held at the Lethbridge Public Library Crossings Branch.

Wed JUN 20

1 pm Beading Workshop

Learn how to complete your own traditional beading project. Unique designs and techniques will be taught to children and adults. Online registration at www.lethlib.ca required. Limited space available. Held at the Lethbridge Public Library Crossings Branch in the Friends Place.

11:30–1:30 pm Indigenous Art

Join Alberta Health Services in making indigenous art this afternoon. Held in the Chinook Regional Hospital in the atrium.

4–6 pm PGA Youth Golf Clinic

An indigenous youth golf clinic. Pre registration required. Held at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort

Thu JUN 21

National Indigenous Awareness Day

8 am Tepee Setup

Join the fun in Galt Gardens. Tepees will be up all day. Held in Galt Gardens

9–3 pm Blackfoot Lodge Celebration

This all-day celebration at the Blackfoot Lodge starts with an opening ceremony at 9 am, a pow wow at 3 pm, with Blackfoot storytellers and childrens activities throughout the day. Vendors present from 10-5 pm. Held at the Blackfoot Lodge

11:30–12:30 pm Smudging

Held at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the Ceremony Room on level 4.

1 pm Blackfoot Dance Performance with Thunder Chief Dancers

Come enjoy a Blackfoot Dance Performance with Thunder Chief Dancers. Held at the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch.

1:30–6:30 pm Tepee Sessions

Join learning circles in tepees in Galt Gardens. Discover Blackfoot history, language and culture, and Métis culture, as well as local vendors. Indigenous dance demonstrations will be occuring as well as an open mic for any community performers. Held in Galt Gardens.

1–4:30 pm Celebrations at the Fort

Come to Fort Whoop-Up for a mini Pow Wow, and to explore Métis history and culture.

4–6 pm Get Active Zone

Come on down to the Galt Gardens on June 21st to take part in free fun games and activities! The Get Active Zone will also have Dakota Tallow-Manson in attendance as she is running a First Nations Fitness that is welcome to everyone! She will lead 45 minute sessions that are organized by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). There may also be traditional games in attendance as well as indigenous yoga and a powwow workout. Held at Galt Gardens.

7 pm Teddy Syrette: 2-Spirit Queer Indigenous Advocate and Author

Teddy is a two-spirited genderqueer activist hailing from Batchewana First Nation, Sault Ste. Marie. Join us as we explore the intersectionality of Queer and Indigenous culture in an effort to bridge the gap between these two communities. Held at the University of Lethbridge Student Union (ULSU) Ballrooms.

Fri JUN 22

10:30 am Indigenous Art and Artifacts Unveiling

Held in the Chinook Regional Hospital in the County Hall.

11-12:30 pm Dancing and Drumming Performances, Bannock and Tea

Held in the Chinook Regional Hospital in the County Hall and atrium.

5:30–9 pm Aboriginal Coaching Module

Aboriginal Coaching Module is an essential resource to those that work with, coach, and or supervise aboriginal youth in physical activity, recreation and sport. We invite all coaches, managers, teachers, groups, and organizations working with aboriginal and indigenous athletes and youth. Don’t wait to register; the cost is $15. Register and for more information: https://lethbridgesportcouncil.ca/news/article/aboriginal-coaching-module

Sat JUN 23

8:30–1:30 pm Aboriginal Coaching Module

Aboriginal Coaching Module is an essential resource to those that work with, coach, and or supervise aboriginal youth in physical activity, recreation and sport. We invite all coaches, managers, teachers, groups, and organizations working with aboriginal and indigenous athletes and youth.

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