Arts Commons Presents: Workshops and a Mini Pow Wow to honour National Indigenous People’s Day at Arts Commons

June 11, 2019

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2019

Arts Commons Presents: Workshops and a Mini Pow Wow to honour National Indigenous People’s Day at Arts Commons

CALGARY – Arts Commons is once again proud to host celebrations for National Indigenous People’s Day on June 20, 2019, including a free Mini Pow Wow programmed by the Chief of the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Students Council, Richard Sparvier.

Celebrations on the day will kick off with an Indigenous Drumming workshop inside Arts Commons Arts Learning Centre with Cree Ojibwe Metis Singer and Drummer, Chantal Stormsong Chagnon. The session is aimed at families with children 18-month to about Kindergarten age and begins at 10:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., join us outside Arts Commons on 8th Ave SE for the Mini Pow Wow. Featuring world class championship drum group Eye-Hey Nakoda and dancers from across Treaty 7 Nations, audiences will experience difference dances and songs indigenous to Mohkinstis (Calgary) and take part in the final, intertribal dance.

We’ll wind down the day with Indigenous Dance and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) storytelling with Fancy Shawl Dancer Shirley Hill. She’ll share stories and histories of the regalia and movements of some of the dances from the Mini Pow Wow, and her own culture of the Siksika Nation.

Families – and media – are welcome to drop in and out of the events at any time. If you’d like an interview in advance or the day of the event, don’t hesitate to call:

For media inquiries or more information contact:

Aaron Chatha, Communications Manager


What is National Indigenous People’s Day?

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (Arts Commons celebration is taking place a day early). This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

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