Indigenous Tourism Experiences – Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Tourism Experiences – Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

June 21, 2019 / No Comments

As a country and as a destination area, we are learning and growing the ways we work to honour the cultures, traditions and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  If you are looking to learn more about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, the Cypress Hills Destination Area has many opportunities.  Below are just a few, but keep watch on our Events and Attraction pages to learn of new and upcoming experiences as added.

 

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Fort Walsh National Historic Site, located in the West Block of Cypress Hills, has a number of events and experiences that celebrate Indigenous culture and the impact it had on the history of the Cypress Hills. From daily to weekly, to special events here are just a few:

Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tours

Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tours at Fort Walsh National Historic Site.

Travel through the heart of the majestic Cypress Hills to the original sites of Farwell and Solomon’s trading posts on this guided bus tour. Hear the story of the Cypress Hills Massacre, where 23 First Nation’s people were murdered, and learn of its effect on the history of the area. (Tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, space is limited).

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/tours/ch-massacre-tour/

Frontier Life

Metis Cabins at Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the Cypress Hills.

Every Saturday in July and August

Uncover stories of the many peoples who called this area home in the late 1800s. Experience the sight of North West Mounted Police horsemanship, discover stories at the First Nations camp and taste flavours of the past at the cook tent. Don’t miss the historic weapons demonstration! hear Métis legends handed down through generations and learn traditional crafts and skills. You’ll also learn the history of Canada’s part in the aftermath of the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/attractions/fort-walsh-national-historic-site/

July 2nd – “Moving Forward with Reconciliation”

Clayton McIain Memorial Museum, Little Pine First Nation, Luckyman Cree Nation, and Parks Canada invite you to Celebrate 140 years since Treaty signing at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. Featuring a pipe ceremony, breakfast at the Fort, a reenactment of Treaty Signing, lunch, and Traditional Feast, as well as dance demonstration and mini pow wow.

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/treaty-signing-reenactment-fort-walsh/

Grasslands National Park

Grasslands National Park, located an hour south of Swift Current, offers a number of Indigenous inspired programming both in the East and West Blocks.

Bison Backstage Tour Grasslands National Park

Where the Buffalo Roam | West Block

Explore the history of the Plains Bison and their remarkable comeback with a tour of the handling facility, followed by a hike featuring the importance of the bison to the Indigenous Peoples. Approx 3 hrs. 4km

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/tours/where-the-buffalo-roam/

Metis Connections | West Block

Metis Connection to Grasslands National Park.

Join local Metis heritage presenters and learn about the special connections to this landscape through storytelling, interpretation, music and art. Approx. 2hrs. FREE 2:00pm

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/attractions/grasslands-national-park/guided-programs-gnp/metis-connections-west-block/

Circling Back: A Story of Archaeology

Take an exclusive journey to the Turkey Track Ridge and witness the secrets of the land unfold before you through the eyes of an archaeologist. Approx. 3 hours 4 km. 6:00pm $14.70/person Pre-Registration Required.

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/tours/hike-in-the-park1/

Lakota Legends

Lakota Legends in the East Block of Grasslands National Park.

Watch the canvas come alive as Lakota First Nations artist and storyteller, Kim Soo Goodtrack, illustrates the Star Nation in pastel as she speaks. Following the presentation, create your own artwork in Lakota Design. FREE 1pm East Block – Rock Creek Campground.

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/attractions/grasslands-national-park/guided-programs-gnp/lakota-legends-east-block/

Guided Hike – Eagle View

Mother Earth presents the glory of the mixed grass prairie. 1.5 hrs

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/tours/hike-in-the-park1/

Going going gone hiking program at Grasslands National Park.

July 4th – Indigenous Cultural Tour | Grasslands National Park West Block

Cree Worldview Talk and Tour with Joseph Nayhowtow in Grasslands National Park

Join renowned interdisciplinary artist, and master storyteller, Joseph Naytowhow for a guided indigenous cultural experience in Grasslands National Park. Registrants will be introduced to indigenous culture and the ways of the land according to nehiyo/Cree worldview. The session will include traditional music, local and Saskatchewan history, traditional smudge, and of course, ‘season appropriate’ stories! 

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/events/indigenous-guided-tour/

Town of Maple Creek

July 6th – Heritage Festival

Town of Maple Creek Heritage Festival

Mark your calendars for the annual Heritage Festival on July 6, 2019! Enjoy a day filled with art, history, music, dance, drumming and food in Maple Creek’s historic downtown. There’s also a parade!

Learn more: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/events/heritage/

July 18th – Showdown in Cowtown

Indian Races at the Cowtown Showdown in Maple Creek.

This event is a celebration of our First Nations people, as teams of four all decked out in Native regalia,(1 catcher, 1 exchange holder, 1 back holder, and one rider, who must ride 3 thoroughbred horses (horses are adorned in traditional war paint and medicine feathers) in a mad race at break neck speed around the track against 2 other teams in each heat!

The sights and sounds will be reminiscent of the beauty, skill and daring of the Warriors of our Indigenous People of yesteryear, all the while embracing the traditions of our First Nations People and celebrating the sacred horse culture.

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/events/showdown/

Feb 2020 – The Battle of the Little Big Puck

Battle of the Little Big Puck a hockey game between First Nations, Cowboys with RCMP Refs in Maple Creek

This Hockey Game is truly “Maple Creek”. Locals from the Nekaneet First Nation and local cowboys who are, or have been, members of a rodeo association, play hockey against one another in this epic hockey game that has been thirty-eight years running! The third period is well worth waiting for, as that is when the “cowboys” and the “Indians” finish the game in full cowboy gear or Pow Wow Regalia!

Learn More: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/what-to-do/winter/winter-special-events/feb-17th-battle-of-the-little-big-puck/

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