With song, dance, prayers and more, it’s the kickoff to Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary.
Several hundred gathered at Olympic Plaza Monday to celebrate the week, which culminates on Saturday with the Family Day Festival and Powwow at the former Indian Village on the Stampede grounds.
Monique Fry with Honouring Mother Earth Opening Ceremonies said this year’s theme is Unity Going Forward.
“With all Indigenous people of Calgary and Calgarians in general, so that’s really what we’re striving to be the highlight of it,” she said.
Fry added Calgary is one of the first cities to celebrate the week in support of National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
Monday’s event included a free barbecue, crafts, drumming, musical performances, and powwow.
For more information, go to aawc.ca.