Celebration and education at the centre of Aboriginal Culture Day at NAIT

Published on September 21, 2022

NAIT will celebrate Indigenous culture at the annual Aboriginal Culture Day with a series of events and activities taking place September 22 on Main Campus. At the heart of the day’s activities are educational components where attendees will learn about the significance of each event and ceremony while experiencing Indigenous culture. 

The learning will begin with a tipi raising, which will be guided by Derek Thunder, manager of the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre at NAIT, and Elder Francis Whiskeyjack, who will explain the meaning each aspect of the tipi holds.  

Media are invited to Aboriginal Culture Day at NAIT to learn alongside the NAIT community and for a photo opportunity as the tipi is raised. Derek Thunder is available for interviews following the tipi raising to talk about the day's events.  

WHAT: Tipi raising photo opportunity, Aboriginal Culture Day at NAIT
WHEN: Thursday, September 22 
TIME: 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (interviews to follow) 
WHERE: The Quad outside the Feltham Centre on NAIT’s Main Campus (11763 106 St) 

Other activities include a men’s pipe ceremony, women’s circle, Métis jigging and music, and Pow-Wow dancing and drumming. For a full schedule, visit the Aboriginal Culture Day at NAIT event page.   

NAIT values the role education plays in the reconciliation journey. Aboriginal Culture Day will begin a week of learning and reflection at NAIT leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on September 30.  

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