Canadian Canadian Aboriginal Day Events
The summer solstice, longest day of the year, has cultural significance for aboriginal people through the Americas. In 1996, June 21 was established as National Aboriginal Day to honor Canada's Indians, Inuit and Métis. First Nations in the Crown of the Continent welcome visitors to celebrate June 21 in four locations with stories, dance, drumming and song.
1) Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a World Heritage Site near Fort Macleod
2) Tobacco Plains Band in Grasmere, British Columbia, 15 miles north of Eureka, Montana.
3) St. Eugene Mission in Cranbrook, British Columbia where the Ktunaxa Nation has transformed a former residential school, erected to kill the Indian but save the child, into a luxury hotel and a Ktunaxa cultural and language centre.
4) Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, where the Siksiska Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy hosts the World Chicken Dance Championships
Pow Wows in Montana and Alberta
U.S. government agents in the late 1800s determined to stamp out Indian culture, including traditional ceremonies. But how could they say no when leaders of the Salish-Pend Oreille tribes asked permission to celebrate the nation’s birthday? Now in its 118th year, the Arlee Pow-Wow continues to blend the customary and contemporary over the Fourth of July weekend.
Pow Wows continue across the region all summer with dance and drum competitions, traditional gambling, and plenty of food.
5) International Peace Pow Wow, Lethbridge, Alberta February 20-21, 2016
6) Arlee Pow Wow, Arlee, Montana June 29- July 4, 2016
6) North American Indian Days, Browning, Montana held second week in July
7) Standing Arrow Pow Wow, Elmo, Alberta, July
8) Kainai Indian Days Pow Wow & Rodeo, Standoff, Alberta, July 17-19, 2015
9) Piikani Pow Wow & Rodeo, Brockett, Alberta, August
10) Heart Butte Celebration, Heart Butte, Montana, August 11-14, 2016
11) Waterton Pow Wow, Waterton Lakes National Park, August 24, 2016