National Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations

Thu June 20 - Thu June 20, 2019
National Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations

National Indigenous People's Day Celebrations
Presented by Arts Commons

Immediately Outside Arts Commons Centre Court, and
Arts Learning Centre

Thursday June 20, 2019

10:30am – 11:30am; Indigenous Drumming with Chantal Chagnon 
11:30am – 1:00pm; Mini Pow Wow
1:00pm – 3:00pm; Indigenous Dancing Early Years Drop-In

This is a FREE event and does not require a ticket.

Arts Commons is proud to host this National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration with a FREE Mini Pow Wow featuring traditional drumming from Eya-Hey Nakoda, song and dance, as well as FREE Early Years Drop-In workshops. Join us for these free, all-ages events! No ticket or RSVP is needed.

10:30am – 11:30am – Indigenous Drumming with Chantal Chagnon – Arts Learning Centre
Families with children 18-months old to approx. Kindergarten age are invited to join Cree Ojibwe Metis Singer and Drummer, Chantal Stormsong Chagnon as she shares and teaches traditional Indigenous songs. Families are welcome to join and leave at any time during the session – this is an informal and fun way to be introduced to songs Indigenous songs and drumming.

11:30am – 1:00pm – Mini Pow Wow – Outside of Arts Commons on 8th Ave SE
Everyone is welcome to join this FREE Mini Pow Wow programmed by the Chief of the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Students Council Richard Sparvier, and featuring world class championship drum group Eye-Hey Nakoda and dancers from across Treaty 7 Nations. Learn about the different dances and songs Indigenous to Mohkinstsis (Calgary), and take part in the final intertribal dance! If you have never been to a Pow Wow before, this is a great first taste – and we sincerely hope it ignites your interest to discover the rich cultural history of our shared home.

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Indigenous Dance and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Storytelling with Shirley Hill – Arts Learning Centre
Families with children 18-months old to approx. Kindergarten age are invited to join Fancy Shawl Dancer Shirley Hill (Anatsipi’kssaakii – Pretty Sound Bird Woman) as she shares the stories and history of the regalia and movements of some of the dances of the Mini Pow Wow, and her own culture of the Siksika Nation. Families are welcome to join and leave at any time during the session – this is an informal and fun way to be introduced to the dance and regalia of Indigenous dance.

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Gender neutral accessible washrooms are available in this venue. Gender specific accessible washrooms are available by speaking with our Front of House Staff.

Our spaces are accepting of all-types of difference, and all attendees have a right to feel safe at Arts Commons regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act). To this end, Arts Commons will not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour, please know that such behaviour is grounds for removal from the event. If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour please speak with a member of staff.

This event IS suitable for individuals who require or feel more comfortable in relaxed settings. We regret that audio description and/or audio-enhanced/subtitles are not available for this event. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments: jdalledonne@artscommons.ca

Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.

To make planning your trip a bit easier, the most convenient parking can be found in the Arts Commons Parkade or across the street in the City Hall Parkade (attached by a +15 with an elevator). Arts Commons is also easily accessible by Calgary Transit (the C-Train is a block away) and the Centre City Cycle Track Network (there are bike racks out front of each entrance on 8th Ave SE).

Ideal for: Workshops, seminars, intimate performances
Capacity: 60 – Theatre style seating 40 - Banquet 60 – Cocktail reception 
Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible 
Included: Customizable lighting, standard room set-up, event planning support

The Arts Learning Centre is a multi-functional space adaptable to your needs with a creative edge—plus, there is maximum flexibility in decorating options, enabling you to bring your vision to life.