National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

FREE Creative Kits made in collaboration with Banff Centre


Monday, June 21

1 PM / 3 PM / 4 PM

Creative Kits for children available June 21-30

Community Howl on Monday, June 21 at 8 pm MDT


In-Person Workshops

FREE (participation includes a take-home Creative Kit for every child)

June 21 at 1 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM


Participate at Home

FREE Creative Kits for Children

Pick-up June 21-30 between 3-7 PM

Join A National Moment of Recognition

Community Howl

Monday, June 21 at 8 pm MDT

Learn more below

Join us on June 21 to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn about Stoney Nakoda culture with in-person and at-home programs created in collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and with the participation of the Government of Canada.

In-Person Workshops (FULL)

Participation in these workshops includes a take-home Creative Kit for every child

We are hosting a series of small-group, in-person workshops for families with Stoney Community Member Travis Rider at artsPlace. In these short workshops, families will receive a NIPD Creative Kit which includes stencils of local animals. Participants will hear teachings and stories about the significance of these animals to the Stoney Nakoda people. Then, you can decorate the sidewalks near artsPlace with your new animal stencils and chalk!

Face masks are required inside the artsPlace venue. To learn more about the health & safety at artsPlace, please click here.

Participate at Home

FREE Creative Kits for Children

With the guidance of Stoney Community Member Travis Rider, and in collaboration with Banff Centre, we are also offering FREE Creative Kits to local families. These kits feature stencils of local animals and information about the Stoney significance of these animals. They contain chalk that children and families can use to create meaningful artwork and write messages of support for NIDP on the sidewalks near their home.

Community Howl

A National Moment of Recognition - June 21 at 8 pm MDT

From coast to coast on Turtle Island, at 7pm Kamloops time (8pm in the Bow Valley) people will be raising their voices for 2 minutes and 15 seconds of song, drumming, trills and howls. Raise your voices in your community in acknowledgment of the 215 children whose graves were found outside of a Residential Institution in Kamloops, BC. Let your voice be heard.

Travis Rider

Travis Rider is a Stoney Nation community member who works to promote mental health and wellness from a Stoney perspective.

Travis has taken six different Indigenous Leadership Courses at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and he received a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence.

Travis is the Indigenous Liaison to artsPlace. He helped artsPlace initiate a series of Cultural Learning Circles, that aspire to build a bridge of understanding between different cultural groups in the Bow Valley.


Among the various visual elements illustrating Indigenous cultures, the sun (the summer solstice) is at the center which is at the heart of the festivities. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis as well as the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire and air) are represented in the image and shown opposite. The visual is supported by a multicolored smoke reminding us of Indigenous spirituality but also the colors of the rainbow - symbol of inclusion and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Learn more about the history behind the 2021 National Indigenous People's Day visuals here.

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