2022 National Indigenous Peoples Month Celebrations

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Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 2022 National Indigenous Peoples Day. Visit Alberta Health Services' Indigenous Health Program  to learn more.

L to R: AHS Cultural Helper Noella Cardinal and her daughter Lesanna Hayden Dennehy, Juli Harmon and her mother AHS Health Promotion Facilitator Jamie Harmon, and AHS Inuit Helper Atisinak Bishop.


On June 21, Canada will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples DayFirst celebrated in 1996, this is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples from across Canada.

This year our theme is Healing through Mind, Body and Spirit. Join us as we celebrate throughout the month of June. Keep watching here to keep up to date on AHS events and activities. 

As we celebrate together, feel free to ask questionsshare inspirational titles, and remember to take time for healing and self care.

L to R: AHS Cultural Helper Noella Cardinal and her daughter Lesanna Hayden Dennehy, Juli Harmon and her mother AHS Health Promotion Facilitator Jamie Harmon, and AHS Inuit Helper Atisinak Bishop.


On June 21, Canada will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples DayFirst celebrated in 1996, this is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples from across Canada.

This year our theme is Healing through Mind, Body and Spirit. Join us as we celebrate throughout the month of June. Keep watching here to keep up to date on AHS events and activities. 

As we celebrate together, feel free to ask questionsshare inspirational titles, and remember to take time for healing and self care.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 2022 National Indigenous Peoples Day. Visit Alberta Health Services' Indigenous Health Program  to learn more.

Do you have a question about Indigenous Health or History? This is a safe space to ask.

Learn more about Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Alberta.

  • Share Were Elder David Awasis's teachings and presentations taped so we can watch them? I missed a couple of them. Thanks on Facebook Share Were Elder David Awasis's teachings and presentations taped so we can watch them? I missed a couple of them. Thanks on Twitter Share Were Elder David Awasis's teachings and presentations taped so we can watch them? I missed a couple of them. Thanks on Linkedin Email Were Elder David Awasis's teachings and presentations taped so we can watch them? I missed a couple of them. Thanks link

    Were Elder David Awasis's teachings and presentations taped so we can watch them? I missed a couple of them. Thanks

    Carol H. asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for reaching out.  In honor of Elder Awasis traditional knowledge and his teachings and respect for protocol for oral tradition and storytelling we did not record any of the Elder sessions.

  • Share Coming from a country where learning about the regional indigenous people (this included language, history and culture) as a mandatory element in schools until Grade 9 I feel so ill equipped in Canada. The citizenship test and book to study had so little about indigenous culture and was very Euro-centric. What is a good resource to really understand the pre-invasion (before Europeans came) history and culture? on Facebook Share Coming from a country where learning about the regional indigenous people (this included language, history and culture) as a mandatory element in schools until Grade 9 I feel so ill equipped in Canada. The citizenship test and book to study had so little about indigenous culture and was very Euro-centric. What is a good resource to really understand the pre-invasion (before Europeans came) history and culture? on Twitter Share Coming from a country where learning about the regional indigenous people (this included language, history and culture) as a mandatory element in schools until Grade 9 I feel so ill equipped in Canada. The citizenship test and book to study had so little about indigenous culture and was very Euro-centric. What is a good resource to really understand the pre-invasion (before Europeans came) history and culture? on Linkedin Email Coming from a country where learning about the regional indigenous people (this included language, history and culture) as a mandatory element in schools until Grade 9 I feel so ill equipped in Canada. The citizenship test and book to study had so little about indigenous culture and was very Euro-centric. What is a good resource to really understand the pre-invasion (before Europeans came) history and culture? link

    Coming from a country where learning about the regional indigenous people (this included language, history and culture) as a mandatory element in schools until Grade 9 I feel so ill equipped in Canada. The citizenship test and book to study had so little about indigenous culture and was very Euro-centric. What is a good resource to really understand the pre-invasion (before Europeans came) history and culture?

    Louis asked about 2 years ago
  • Share I am non-Indigenous, but I worry about the loss of Indigenous languages. Are there lots of Indigenous children being taught these precious languages? Once language is lost, it's lost! So sad! on Facebook Share I am non-Indigenous, but I worry about the loss of Indigenous languages. Are there lots of Indigenous children being taught these precious languages? Once language is lost, it's lost! So sad! on Twitter Share I am non-Indigenous, but I worry about the loss of Indigenous languages. Are there lots of Indigenous children being taught these precious languages? Once language is lost, it's lost! So sad! on Linkedin Email I am non-Indigenous, but I worry about the loss of Indigenous languages. Are there lots of Indigenous children being taught these precious languages? Once language is lost, it's lost! So sad! link

    I am non-Indigenous, but I worry about the loss of Indigenous languages. Are there lots of Indigenous children being taught these precious languages? Once language is lost, it's lost! So sad!

    Dawn F asked about 2 years ago

    Lost of Indigenous language amongst younger Indigenous generations is of concern. Over the more recent years, there have been increasing opportunities for Indigenous Language revitalization utilizing a number of communication platforms.  Since there are many Indigenous languages and dialects it's challenging to have a "one stop shop" approach when seeking to address this concern.  We most certainly agree the importance of language is vital and something that continues to need to be supported and advocated for.

  • Share I would love to try smudging. Are there opportunies around edmonton I can go too? on Facebook Share I would love to try smudging. Are there opportunies around edmonton I can go too? on Twitter Share I would love to try smudging. Are there opportunies around edmonton I can go too? on Linkedin Email I would love to try smudging. Are there opportunies around edmonton I can go too? link

    I would love to try smudging. Are there opportunies around edmonton I can go too?

    Angela Rankin asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Angela,

    There are a variety of options available in regards to smudging.  I would recommend you reach out to one of our cultural helpers at the Royal Alex, Stollery or Indigenous Wellness Clinic to learn more.  To reach them you can email indigenouswellnesscore@ahs.ca .  

  • Share Hi, I'm wondering if any events will be happening on June 14th? We have a team retreat that day, and would love to be able to incorporate an indigenous learning activity if there was something on the schedule. Thank you. on Facebook Share Hi, I'm wondering if any events will be happening on June 14th? We have a team retreat that day, and would love to be able to incorporate an indigenous learning activity if there was something on the schedule. Thank you. on Twitter Share Hi, I'm wondering if any events will be happening on June 14th? We have a team retreat that day, and would love to be able to incorporate an indigenous learning activity if there was something on the schedule. Thank you. on Linkedin Email Hi, I'm wondering if any events will be happening on June 14th? We have a team retreat that day, and would love to be able to incorporate an indigenous learning activity if there was something on the schedule. Thank you. link

    Hi, I'm wondering if any events will be happening on June 14th? We have a team retreat that day, and would love to be able to incorporate an indigenous learning activity if there was something on the schedule. Thank you.

    Sara asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for your question.  On June 14th we do have two sessions planned:

    • 12:00 -1:00pm 1-800 Indigenous Support Line
    • 1:00 - 2:00pm will be a community presentation from the Stardale group.  


    You can view all the events for the month by visiting our online calendar here. This site will be updated with zoom links and recordings as the month progresses. 

  • Share Will the sessions be recorded so we review in case we miss a session? on Facebook Share Will the sessions be recorded so we review in case we miss a session? on Twitter Share Will the sessions be recorded so we review in case we miss a session? on Linkedin Email Will the sessions be recorded so we review in case we miss a session? link

    Will the sessions be recorded so we review in case we miss a session?

    Tracy@AHS asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Tracy - and thank you for your question.  

    We will be recording and posting the presentations where we have permission to do so. Keep watching this Together4Health pages as we will be updating it regularly throughout the month.

  • Share Hi there, I stumbled across you page while creating a resource list for staff. I am connected to a large children's mental health agency in Toronto. Are your Zoom sessions free to attend? If so, would I be able to share this information with staff? on Facebook Share Hi there, I stumbled across you page while creating a resource list for staff. I am connected to a large children's mental health agency in Toronto. Are your Zoom sessions free to attend? If so, would I be able to share this information with staff? on Twitter Share Hi there, I stumbled across you page while creating a resource list for staff. I am connected to a large children's mental health agency in Toronto. Are your Zoom sessions free to attend? If so, would I be able to share this information with staff? on Linkedin Email Hi there, I stumbled across you page while creating a resource list for staff. I am connected to a large children's mental health agency in Toronto. Are your Zoom sessions free to attend? If so, would I be able to share this information with staff? link

    Hi there, I stumbled across you page while creating a resource list for staff. I am connected to a large children's mental health agency in Toronto. Are your Zoom sessions free to attend? If so, would I be able to share this information with staff?

    Elaine Dickens asked about 2 years ago

    Hello - and thank you for reaching out.  All of our sessions are free and open to the public.  Please feel free to share.