Next week on Wednesday, National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated across the country and Airdrie will also be honouring the day. The Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society (CCFRS) is hosting two events in June, providing an opportunity for everyone in the community to celebrate Indigenous culture right here in our city.

"We are incredibly honoured to announce that Elders from across Treaty 6 & 7 Territories and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 have agreed to come to Airdrie to speak at five different events in 2023," CCFRS stated in a press release.

The first event is an Elder Talk taking place on Tuesday, June 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Lance Scout, an Elder from Kainai First Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy will be in Airdrie to share his stories and teachings.

"Lance explained to us that through the knowledge and appreciation of the culture, and traditions of Indigenous people, communities can come together in reconciliation and healing. The Elder Talks is an incredible opportunity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to connect, learn and gain understanding."

According to the CCFRS, thanks to the support of the Calgary Foundation and the City of Airdrie the Elder Talks are free to attend although people must register on Eventbrite. This event is for ages 16 and over.

The second will take place on Wednesday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Nose Creek Regional Park.

“The Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society, the City of Airdrie and community members have brought this evening together to celebrate the diverse cultures of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit People,” said Adrian Pruden, Métis Nation and co-chair of CCFRS. “All are welcome to come out to the event. It will be an evening of dance, songs, music, and teachings from Elders, Knowledge Keepers and performers.”

Attendees will experience the rich culture, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples, including Elder’s blessings and prayers, stories, live music and dance performances from across Treaty 7 Territory and the Métis Nation of Alberta. This is a free family-friendly event that is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

“Events celebrating Indigenous culture help to create understanding and mutual respect in the community,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “The City of Airdrie is pleased to support National Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in our community."

The June 21 event is made possible through collaborative efforts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers, the Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society, the City of Airdrie, as well as the Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage Grant and individual and corporate sponsorship.

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