By Cathy Olesen, Special to Sherwood Park News
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a First Nations Women’s Council on Economic Security in Pigeon Lake. The group is comprised of very talented, bright and committed women who want to support their communities, women and men to provide more opportunities for their youth.
As a matter of fact, Alberta is home to more than 220,000 people who identify themselves as Aboriginal. Of those, about 85,000 identify themselves as Metis.
Increasing the awareness of Aboriginal Culture and history amongst ministries and the general public is an ongoing priority of this government.
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, and there are numerous events planned to recognize and celebrate Aboriginal peoples.
A National Aboriginal Day Celebration is being held at Maskwacis Cultural College from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 18.
The Province of Alberta Celebration sponsored by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations is noon to 1 p.m. in City Centre Mall, Edmonton, on June 19.
Canada’s National Aboriginal Day Celebration goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 20 at Canada Place, Edmonton.
The Royal Bank is sponsoring a barbecue at the park at 102 Street and Jasper in Edmonton on June 20.
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing society is holding a celebration and pancake breakfast at Parkdale School in Edmonton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 20.
NorQuest College will host a celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 20 at its 108th Street campus.
Sun and Moon Visionaries Aboriginal Artist Society is sponsoring Edmonton’s 2014 NAD Concert Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alberta Legislature grounds.
Creating Hope Society Canadian Native Friendship Centres Association has an arts and crafts display at Churchill Square from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the 21st.
Enoch Cree Nation Aboriginal Day goes all day on the 21st at the Enoch Cree Nation Rodeo Grounds.
St. Albert’s Aboriginal Day Festival is held at Lion’s Park, St. Albert from noon to 4 p.m. on the 21st.
Go to the website aboriginal.ablerta.ca for more information on these events and others around the province. Be sure to check out these great activities.