Who is organizing Edmonton’s Indigenous Peoples Festival?
This free event is a collaborative effort of a planning committee of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Edmonton Catholic School District and Elders Council, Edmonton Public School Board and Homeward Trust with support from the City of Edmonton. Other members may be added to the planning committee during the planning process.
The planning committee is coordinating all aspects of the festival while many community partners, including local Indigenous agencies, governments and representative organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and Indigenous artists, musicians, and dancers play an important role in making this a rich and vibrant festival.
What is the history of this event?
The planning committee was first formed to help plan the APTN Aboriginal Day Live! event on June 21, 2017. Following the success of that event, the group realized the importance of holding an annual Indigenous Peoples Festival event at a central location – Victoria Park in Edmonton – and formed as a group to plan the festival annually, starting in 2018. APTN is not involved in the 2018 festival.