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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population is descended from the first people to settle the North American plains. • Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. • Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Delree's Native Art Gallery

Didsbury, Alberta

Celebrating and showcasing Canada’s talented First Nation, Métis and Inuit artists, designers and crafters by dedicating to promote their workmanship for the world to see. Delree’s Native Art Gallery is a 100% aboriginal owned business that features aboriginal art work from emerging artists, as well as, established artists in Canada. With a focus on Alberta, the product you will find varies from not only original paintings, but clothing, prints, beadwork, jewelry, music, books, house wares and other specialty gift items. Open from Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 - 5 p.m., Saturdays 11-4 pm Closed on statutory holidays.

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Historic Dunvegan

Fairview, Alberta
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Alberta is steeped in the history of Indigenous people, the fur trade and missionaries. Historic Dunvegan, a National Historic Site of Canada nestled in the stunning Peace River valley, brings that history to life. Four original, authentically restored and furnished buildings are still located in the same places they were over 100 years ago, and historic interpreters are waiting to share the stories that helped shape the province we know today.

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Grande Prairie Museum

Grande Prairie, Alberta
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The Grande Prairie Museum & Heritage Village, are set in the picturesque Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie, depicting the history of the region. The Museum is open year-round, its main focus has been the early pioneers, from the early 1900s, who homesteaded Grande Prairie. Since its initial opening, the Museum has now grown to a collection of over 55,000 artifacts under five main themes: Paleontology, Archaeology, Natural History, Human History and Curios and Collections.

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Tours

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Métis Crossing Nature Preserve

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.

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Creative Western Adventures Ltd.

Calgary, Alberta

Creative Western Adventures is a niche inbound tour operator specializing in nature & culture (aboriginal) travel. Our journeys connect the visitors to the land and the people. They are restorative, sustainable, responsible, educational and experiential. 'Together we immerse in nature, feel, sense, see with other eyes - we listen to our heart and venture into the unknown' Deep experiences lead to a new awareness of our relationship with Self, Earth and Society; they help us remember the Laws of Nature and how to live in harmony with all our relations. They are the true long lasting adventures!

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities, including bush craft, hide tanning, moccasin making workshops, interpretive guided medicine walks and hikes focusing on culture connection to the land, and tons more!

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Events

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Canada Day at the Village

Pincher Creek, Alberta
2018-07-01 To 2018-07-01 MST

Celebrate Canada Day at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village! Free admission, food, music, children's activities and games, Rotary duck race, beer gardens, bouncy castles, birthday cake, Metis dance lessons, and much more. Fun for the whole family! Opening Ceremonies start at 11 with the Legion and RCMP Colour Guard, the grand opening of the Hudson's Bay Company Store, and exhibit with special guest performers the Edmonton Metis Dancers.

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Archaeological Findings at Morleyville

Morley, Alberta
2018-07-07 To 2018-07-07 MST

Please join us on July 7 at 11:00 or at 2:00 for a site tour and talk with Dr. Margaret Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy led a detailed archaeological study of the Morleyville Mission settlement in 1984 and 1985, and will share her findings and interpretations of what she found at one of southern Alberta’s most significant historic sites. We will walk around the lower ledge where she did the excavation, so please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. A great learning opportunity for all ages!

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Dr Patrick Lightning

Morley, Alberta
2018-06-30 To 2018-06-30 MST

The McDougall Memorial United Church Site will have a special guest, Patrick Lightning , a Cree Elder from the Ermineskin who was born in Morley, shares his stories about traditions and values that his family believed in and still do today. Very interesting man to listen to, he has stories for all ages! Please bring a chair and dress for the weather.

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