National Indigenous History Month

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Thank you for participating in this year's National Indigenous History Month. If you would like to continue learning about indigenous history please join our 6 Week Truth and Reconciliation Challenge next month. For full details click here.

Indigenous history is a shared history. What does it mean to you?

June is an important month with a national designation to rightfully recognize, respect and learn Indigenous history as a shared history.

National Indigenous History Month (NIHM) is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the rich history of First Nations, Inuit

Thank you for participating in this year's National Indigenous History Month. If you would like to continue learning about indigenous history please join our 6 Week Truth and Reconciliation Challenge next month. For full details click here.

Indigenous history is a shared history. What does it mean to you?

June is an important month with a national designation to rightfully recognize, respect and learn Indigenous history as a shared history.

National Indigenous History Month (NIHM) is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the rich history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across Canada. Acknowledging the strength, diversity, and resiliency of local Indigenous communities will be taking place all throughout the month of June as we work together to build and strengthen relationships in Wood Buffalo.

Did you know the region includes six First Nations and six Métis communities? Learn more by clicking here.

A special note of gratitude to all of those who shared their wisdom, knowledge and stories for National Indigenous History Month. 

Na Naskomonân – we are grateful.


How you can participate 
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is committed to honouring NIHM as we all continue to learn about Indigenous heritage, cultures, traditions, land and more. There are many opportunities to join in, including sharing your thoughts and stories, watching informative videos, and innovating ways to continue on the path towards truth and reconciliation.

Share your ideas
Creating change for a better future requires a community effort. We have posed a few questions in the Ideas tab below and would love to hear your perspective. How do you meaningfully connect to the land? How can we show our individual and/or collective responsibility to the Treaty? Share your ideas today!

Join the discussion
We're talking about Dene laws, sacred medicines, and the significance of the eagle feather in our discussion boards and invite you to respectfully take part in the conversations by clicking on the Discussion Board tab below. 

Making an impact
Learn more about some of our region's most impactful Indigenous individuals and organizations by clicking on the Making an Impact tab below. Bios have been created to share some of their stories, and how they've made this region a better place to call home.

Play for prizes
Participate in our weekly contest for your chance to win a hand-made birchbark basket full of goodies with contributions from local Indigenous artisans and companies! You don't need to be right to win, you just need to play along! To join the fun click on the Contest tab below. What's included in the basket? Click here for a full list of items.

Join us on social
Watch the RMWB social channels to learn more about Indigenous cultures! Each week we will release new content in collaboration with Indigenous communities for Mother Earth Mondays, Wisdom Wednesdays, and Fact Fridays.

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    Apples, gooseberries, medicines, and more! McMurray Métis keeps the tradition of living off the land alive by planting and caring for a garden. On this Mother Earth Monday, Indigenous Coordinator Sheryl Huppie explains how the annual practice gets both youth and Elders involved.


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    Elder Cecile Calliou joins us from her teepee, located in Fort McKay to teach us the importance of sacred tobacco and the protocols involved when offering tobacco. Watch the teaching before you enter this week's contest! 


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    Learn more about Ribbon Skirts through this teaching by Elder Marie "Buffy" Cheecham. Then submit your choice to this week's contest question below! 

    Please note to play you will need to sign in. This information will only be used to get in touch with the weekly contest winners. Your answer does not need to be correct to be entered into this week's contest, but you do need to play! Good luck, learn something new, and have fun!  


    Disclaimer: The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information will be used to process your application/registration, administer the program and as contact information for the delivery of the gift baskets to successful participants. RMWB staff who participated in the making of this project are not eligible to participate in this contest. If you have any questions regarding the collection or use of this information contact the Advisor, Department of Indigenous and Rural Relations, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB. T9H 2K4, or call (780)762-3676.

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    This week, you're invited to download a few tasty recipes from local community members who have willingly shared some of their favourites. Click on any recipe below that you'd like to try, or, watch the following videos to learn how to make Bannock, Duck Soup or Indigenous Popcorn.

    Please note to play you will need to sign in. This information will only be used to get in touch with the weekly contest winners. Your answer does not need to be correct to be entered into this week's contest, but you do need to play! Good luck, learn something new, and have fun!  


    Disclaimer: The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information will be used to process your application/registration, administer the program and as contact information for the delivery of the gift baskets to successful participants. RMWB staff who participated in the making of this project are not eligible to participate in this contest. If you have any questions regarding the collection or use of this information contact the Advisor, Department of Indigenous and Rural Relations, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB. T9H 2K4, or call (780)762-3676.

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    Watch the following conversation with Mohawk activist and Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller before you answer this week's contest question! Please note to play you will need to sign in. This information will only be used to get in touch with the weekly contest winners. Your answer does not need to be correct to be entered into this week's contest, but you do need to play! Good luck, learn something new, and have fun!  

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    Disclaimer: The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information will be used to process your application/registration, administer the program and as contact information for the delivery of the gift baskets to successful participants. RMWB staff who participated in the making of this project are not eligible to participate in this contest. If you have any questions regarding the collection or use of this information contact the Advisor, Department of Indigenous and Rural Relations, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB. T9H 2K4, or call (780)762-3676.

    Thank you to those who participated in this engagement. You can learn more about this project below, or subscribe to Participate Wood Buffalo to stay connected (or get involved) with future engagement projects impacting our region.

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