National Aboriginal Day

Sunday, June 21, 2015 is National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Setting aside a day for Aboriginal Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Aboriginal Peoples’ important place within the fabric of Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. As former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson said, “It is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our respect and admiration for First Nations, for Inuit, for Métis — for the past, the present and the future. “ 

National Aboriginal Day Community Events

Edmonton & Area National Aboriginal Day Media Launch proudly hosted by TELUS Eagles

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Centennial Plaza, behind Stanley A. Milner Library

Announcements of all National Aboriginal Day events in Edmonton along with performances and information booths.

For more information, contact

Alberta Aboriginal Relations

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Edmonton City Centre, Lower Level (East)

For more information, contact
Jed Johns

Government of Canada Partnership Committee Official Commemoration

Friday, June 19, 2015
Main stage:  noon-1pm
Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue

We are proud to host our 20th celebration!

For more information, contact

Or visit

Path of Light Aboriginal Day Event

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Various locations in the River Valley

Walk will begin at Fox Farms, travelling to the Alberta Legislature Grounds, Beaver Hills House Park,
and finishing at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park.

For more information, contact

Government House

June 21, 2015

Government House 9938 Groat Rd NW

Free tours of Government House with a focus on its Aboriginal Art Collection.

For more information contact

Edmonton Public Library

Various Dates throughout June
Various Times
Various Library Locations throughout Edmonton

Film screenings, history teachings, art lessons, storytelling, performances, and more! Visit for dates, times and locations.

For more information contact
Edmonton Public Library

Community Medicine Wheel Garden – Grand Opening

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shaw Conference Centre                                                                 9797 Jasper Avenue, behind the Edmonton Welcome Centre

Grand opening of the new community medicine wheel garden from 11-11:30am followed by cultural entertainment and a National Aboriginal Day themed barbecue.

For more information contact
Lisanne Lewis

The Papaschase Story

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre

Featuring Chief Calvin Bruneau, Papaschase First Niginan Housing Ventures and Edmonton Public Library.

For more information, contact Chief Calvin Bruneau at

Stony Plain Child & Family Services

June 19, 2015

Heritage Park Pavilion 5100-41 Avenue,
Stony Plain, Alberta

Free family event open to everyone.

For more information contact
or visit

Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

A Free Family event in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. Day long celebrations leading into a live evening concert featuring George Canyon, Crystal Shawanda, Nathan Cunningham, Derek Miller, Leanne Goose, Murray Porter, Ghostkeeper, The Northern Cree Singers and other special guests.

For more information contact

or visit

For more information, learning resources, and to discover National Aboriginal Day events across Canada, see National Aboriginal Day.


History of National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. Today National Aboriginal Day is part of the annual nation-wide Celebrate Canada with celebrations centering around National Aboriginal Day, but continuing through St-Jean Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and concluding with Canada Day.

Edmonton National Aboriginal Day Committee

The Edmonton National Aboriginal Day Committee (NAD) is a volunteer-based group of organizations and individuals who come together to coordinate NAD activities and showcase the Aboriginal people: First Nation, Métis and Inuit. Through a collaborative approach, the committee encourages all nations to share in the celebrations.

For more information:

Aboriginal Relations Office

Community Services
8th Floor, CN Tower
10004 – 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7


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