Minister Bennett takes part in the Opening of Indian Village at Calgary Stampede
July 6, 2018 – Indian Village/Calgary, Alberta – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Today, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, was honoured to participate in the opening of the Indian Village at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. The Indian Village has been a major part of the Stampede since 1912 and has promoted and preserved the relationship between the Calgary Stampede and the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nations.
During the 10 days of the Stampede, visitors are invited to view the tipis, watch the Pow Wow dancing, listen to traditional storytelling, and visit the bannock booth. It is a great way for visitors to experience the traditions and culture of the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nation firsthand.
“I am honoured to be a part of the opening of the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede. It’s exciting to see so many Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nation families proudly showcasing their rich history and traditions. The Indian Village has a special role in strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
- The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo and exhibition held every July in Calgary.
- The 10-day event (July 6-15, 2018), which bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” attracts over a million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuck wagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.
- The Indian Events Committee in Partnership with the Tipi owners, are responsible for all the Indigenous programming at the Indian Village.
- The First Indian Village at the Stampede was held in 1912 and became an annual event in July 1923.
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Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada