This day is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day are organized across Canada every year.
Okotoks has a number of activities planned to recognize the heritage and contributions of the first peoples of this country.
View the Facebook Live taken at the Okotoks Museum and Archives on June 21.
Residents are invited to learn about the Blackfoot Nation’s rich history of dance and storytelling through a virtual event hosted by Siksika Nation community member Spike Eaglespeaker Jr. Men’s traditional dancer Sayder Duck Chief and women’s traditional and Jingle Dancer Teagan Rabbit Carrier are showcased, with Eaglespeaker providing insight into the history and meaning of Indigenous dance.
Two extraordinary exhibits at the Okotoks Museum and Archives illustrate the history of Blackfoot clothing and the reality of the residential school system.
Little Moccasin Exhibit
Located on the second floor this exhibit features a documentary film on the St. Joseph’s Residential School, also known as Dunbow Industrial School northeast of Okotoks. Some of the shoes from the Okotoks’ memorial for the 215 children found buried at Kamloops residential school are included in the exhibit.
On June 21 a ceremony will be held at the museum to recognize Indigenous People's Day, which will be live-streamed through Facebook. Watch for more details coming soon.
Additional information about National Indigenous People's Day can be found on the Government of Canada's website: