Setting aside a day for Indigenous Peoples is part of the wider recognition of Indigenous 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."
Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival
Come and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Edmonton’s river valley! On June 21, 2018, Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival takes over Victoria Park. First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples and cultures will be celebrated through interactive experiences, cultural demonstrations, a pow-wow, artisans, cuisine and live concerts.
Learn more at www.EIPFestival.ca. The City of Edmonton is a proud supporter of this event.
History of National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc. On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the intention to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The day is part of the annual nationwide ‘Celebrate Canada’ period with celebrations centering around National Aboriginal Day, but continuing through St-Jean Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and concluding with Canada Day.