National Indigenous History Month

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

June has become an important month with a national designation to rightfully recognize, respect and relearn Indigenous history as a shared history.

National Indigenous History Month (NIHM) provides an opportunity to continue restoring the relationship with Indigenous Peoples by recognizing the historic contributions and challenges First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples have experienced in the development of Canada. Acknowledging the strength and resiliency of present-day Indigenous communities is an opportunity to right the relationship as we move together towards a promising future for our country.

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

June has become an important month with a national designation to rightfully recognize, respect and relearn Indigenous history as a shared history.

National Indigenous History Month (NIHM) provides an opportunity to continue restoring the relationship with Indigenous Peoples by recognizing the historic contributions and challenges First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples have experienced in the development of Canada. Acknowledging the strength and resiliency of present-day Indigenous communities is an opportunity to right the relationship as we move together towards a promising future for our country.

Did you know the region includes six First Nations and six Métis communities? Learn more by exploring this page.

A special note of gratitude to all of those who shared their wisdom, knowledge and stories for National Indigenous History Month. Hiy Hiy (Cree meaning "to give thanks").


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, culture, 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 culture! Each week we will release new content in collaboration with Indigenous communities for Mother Nature Mondays, Wisdom Wednesdays, and Fact Fridays.

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    Congratulations to Rhonda for winning the first brichbark basket prize! Don't miss your chance to play along by playing the current contest!

    Which law does the lodge pole Sakeyihtowin represent? Watch this video as Julia McDougall shares the significance of the tipi teachings, and then share your choice in this week's contest for a chance to win! 


    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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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Congratulations to Cheryl for winning the first brichbark basket prize! Don't miss your chance to play along by playing the current contest! 

    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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  • Sheena Bradley, Métis Traditional Herbalist, Birth Worker and Owner of Omisimâw Wellness tells us about plant medicine and protocol in this video. 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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