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Indigenous Gatherings

Miywasin Story Tour A conversational day spent

The Hills Are Alive In June, The Hills are Alive showcases the Métis and Aboriginal culture. The gathering brings together talented musi cians, dancers, and cultural teachers, in a traditional setting of tipi’s and trapper’s tents, in beautiful Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The family-friendly event is open to the public, and features instruction in fiddle, piano, guitar, man dolin, banjo, Métis jigging, and square dancing. Artisans will offer instruction in sash finger weaving, capote making, Métis beading, hand drum making, and instruction in making smaller crafts as well. There will be activities and tradi tional games for youth, Métis history, Elder storytelling, and Michif lessons. Ómahksípiitaa (Big Eagle) Located at the Medicine Hat College, the Ómahksípiitaa hosts gatherings year round that are open to the public. Start ing in 2024, two craft circles are hosted every month. More gatherings include, National Day of Awareness for Miss ing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (May), National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September), and Metis Week Celebrations, in remem brance of Louis Riel Day, (November).

Making is an act of connecting and shar ing in Indigenous culture. Gathering and crafting together, and sharing stories, is a way to honour the past, celebrate Indigenous culture, and grow together. National Indigenous Peoples Day Every year on National Indigenous Peoples Day, a Powwow demonstra tion is hosted and Teepees are set up at Kin Park in Medicine Hat. Indig enous dancers who live in and visit Medicine Hat demonstrate dances from Jingle Dress Dance, to Ladies Traditional Dance, the Chicken Dance, and more, ending the gathering with a Round Dance that includes everyone. You can also find Indigenous arti sans, face painting, and food trucks.

outdoors with local storytellers from Miywasin Friendship Centre, in places Indigenous peoples called home, lived off the land, and started their traditions and storytelling. Join the group in a hands-on Indigenous practice to take home and enjoy near the end of the gathering. All transportation is included on the Sunshine Trolley, with the start and finish point at the Miywasin Friendship Centre, in Medicine Hat's Historic Downtown. Sharing Stories at the Saamis Tepee with Brenda Mercer Indigenous artist and storyteller Brenda Mercer invites you to join her and special guests to learn about the land, medicine plants, and Indigenous peoples who lived and gathered on these lands for hundreds of years. Discover new ways of knowing and connecting through personal stories and crafting at the Saamis Tepee.


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