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National Aboriginal Day - June 21

Join in the celebration of National Aboriginal Day! It is an opportunity to acknowledge the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Albertans are invited to share in traditional Aboriginal food and enjoy outstanding performances from Aboriginal dancers and singers at National Aboriginal Day events taking place across the province. Alberta’s Aboriginal communities are an integral part of the historic, economic, and cultural life of the province, and they are essential to its continued prosperity.

A truly nationwide celebration, National Aboriginal Day is part of the "Celebrate Canada!" program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

Click here to explore Aboriginal tourism experiences in Alberta, including traditional drumming and powwow ceremonies, making bannock, beading a moccasin or sleeping in a tipi under the stars.

As part of Travel Alberta’s Alberta Stories initiative, and to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, we have launched a new Alberta story on YouTube featuring the Bodo Archaeological Site in central Alberta, where Alberta's aboriginal past can be touched with your own hands. This area was inhabited by Aboriginal peoples who both hunted and camped in this unique area of stabilized sand dunes. Artifacts buried in the sand include bison bones, stone hunting and butchering tools, clay pottery, and arrowheads. These items provide a unique glimpse into a culture of hunting and living off the land that predominated the grasslands of Alberta for over 10,000 years.

Our Alberta Stories initiative plays an important role in bringing Alberta’s tourism brand to life. These stories showcase the true character and distinctive personalities at the core of Alberta’s tourism experience and continue to deepen the connection we have with our visitors.

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