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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 are decendants 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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Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre

Slave Lake, Alberta

The Slave Lake Friendship Centre offers Handicrafts for sale, featuring local artisans and handmade First Nations gifts. Moccasins, beadwork, dream-catchers. Heritage Room features artifacts and teachings about cultural practices. Food Bank, second hand clothing/shoes at the Friendly Boutique, and many programs and events. Regular soup and bannock, Aboriginal Days celebrations.

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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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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will witness a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. The buffalo jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world. A treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts and information about archeology, the centre's exhibits include a detailed look at the prehistoric life in the area, buffalo hunt ceremonies and the ecology of the region. The site also offers Blackfoot guides, educational programs, and a 60 seat cafeteria.

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Grey Eagle Date Night Package

Enjoy a night at the Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary's newest and most exciting Resort Casino. Your package includes an overnight stay, in-room chocolate strawberries & champagne - $50 Resort dining credit and complimentary hot buffet breakfast.

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Canada 150 Package

The Canada 150 package includes: 15% discount on your hotel room, complimentary hot deluxe buffet breakfast, small Aboriginal gift, rental car discount, $5 casino voucher, complimentary upgrade based on availability and complimentary in-room movie.

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Winter Escape Package

The Grey Eagle Resort Winter Package includes accommodation at the Grey Eagle Resort, your choice of a $75 shopping voucher or $75 gas card, hot deluxe breakfast buffet for 2, one complimentary movie rental, casino gaming credit and complimentary upgrade based upon availability.

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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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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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Events

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2018-06-02 to 2018-06-03 MST

We welcome everyone to come and participate in the 15th Annual Peace River Pow Wow on June 2 & 3, 2017. We have free camping, no open fires though and it is free to attend Pow Wow daily. We have Authentic Indigenous Crafts made on Turtle Island. Grande Entries are Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. We will celebrate our Aboriginal Graduates on Sunday June 3 at 3 pm presenting them with Eagle Feathers, Certificate from MLA and Honor Dance. We have the best Indigenous Food Vendors in Alberta attending the Pow Wow from neckbones to bannock burgers we got the whole experience.

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-06 to 2018-07-15 MST

The Calgary Stampede is so large and so iconic it almost defies description. But in the world of all things cowboy, the 104-year-old event, held in and around Stampede Park, is the top of the mountain. So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world's richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world's premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada's largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners.

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