National Indigenous Peoples Day

Thanks for joining us on June 21 in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day virtually with a rich and unique immersion in Treaty 7 arts and culture. 

Banff Centre celebrates the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, Dene, Ktunaxa, and Métis of Treaty 7 territory and surrounding lands. We celebrate the People and the artistry and creativity they inspire.  

  • 9am MDT: Celebration Opening with Lillian Rose, Reneltta Arluk, and Janice Price 
  • 10am MDT: Drawn to Nature Online Workshop with Alberta Rose W/Ingnuk and Daryl Kootenay
  • 12am MDT: Domestic Printmaking Online Workshop with Laura Grier and Lillian Rose 
  • 4pm MDT: Music Performance by Tom Jackson
  • 5pm MDT: Celebration Closing with Daryl Kootenay
  • All Day: Screening of OChiSkwaCho by Jules Koostachin 
  • All Day: Screening of Win'ge'he Ahiya (Raising a Song) and panel discussion by the Stoney Nakoda AV Club


Watch all Videos and Recordings from the day. 

Opening Celebration

Welcome to the Day

Opening Celebration Recording

Featuring a Welcome to the Day by Lillian Rose, and an introduction to the events by Reneltta Arluk and  Janice Price.

Drawn to Nature Workshop

Workshop with Alberta Rose W/Ingnuk

Watch Workshop Recording

Participants of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of experience are invited to sketch and draw in Banff Centre’s free beginner-level drawing workshops held online.

Led by Alberta Rose W/Ingnuk, this class encourages artistic exploration and conversation about the ways in which we interact with the cultural and geological landscapes around us that have been home to Indigenous peoples from time immemorial.

Learn more about Alberta Rose W/Ingnuk

An artist sketches an animal drawing on a desk.

Materials & Supplies

  • Watercolours
  • A watercolour brick or a sketchbook with heavy, multi-media ready pages
  • Watercolour paintbrushes
  • Plants of your area to draw
  • Pencils, pens, markers, pencil crayons or any other media that you have or want to use (optional)

Printmaking Workshop

Domestic Mark Making Printmaking Workshop with Laura Grier

Watch Workshop Recording

Within our homes, there is a multitude of everyday ‘things’ that create unique marks that are telling of our own, personal, domestic lives. This printmaking workshop is inspired by ‘domestic mark making’, where the creation of prints can be made from the marks and things that live around us.

By using hand-made mark-making tools, found objects, or using ‘situational’ mark-making, this printmaking workshop will demonstrate how prints can be made with simple and accessible tools that are available in many variations of places and homes.

Learn more about Laura Grier. 

Mark Making Printmaking Workshop with Laura Grier - materials

Materials & Supplies

  • Collection of plants, small objects, or textured items from around the house, that will be printed
  • Paintbrushes. or sponge brushes
  • Paint, acrylic or fabric paint
  • Something to roll and apply pressure (rolling pin, large wooden spoon, glass bottle)
  • Paper and/or flat fabric to print on (old t-shirts or pillowcases)
  • Paper towel
  • Iron (optional)

Musical Performance

Online Performance by Tom Jackson

Watch Musical Recording

Get ready for Stories, Songs, and Tomfoolery! A very personal, intimate, virtual musical experience - recorded in the Almighty Voices studio.

Learn more about Tom Jackson.

Tom Jackson Portrait

There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning.  Tom’s career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously interesting. 

Now, at an age when most are pulling back, the 71-year-old Calgary-based star is barreling towards the busiest and most glittering chapter in his towering 40-odd-year run at the forefront of contemporary film, TV, and music.

Film Screenings

OChiSkwaCho by Jules Koostachin

Available June 21 - June 27

OChiSkwaCho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the OChiSkwaCho. OChiSkwaCho was filmed at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Learn more about Jules Koostachin. 

Win'ge'he Ahiya (Raising a Song) by the Stoney Nakoda AV Club

Available June 21 - June 27

Win'ge'he Ahiya - (Raising a Song) is about life in Morley. It's about loss, frustration, hopes, and resiliency. A young man is trying to live his life the best way he knows how, with a little encouragement and a lot of perseverance he manages to get by; he is "raised" and taught life's lessons, to become his own song.

Followed by a panel discussion.

Learn more about the Stoney Nokoda AV Club

Closing Celebration

Daryl Kootenay

Closing Celebration Recording

Closing Celebration by Daryl Kootenay, traditional singer, dancer, artist, speaker, and youth leader from the Stoney Nakoda Nation of Treaty 7 in southern Alberta.

Learn more about Daryl Kootenay

Funded by the Government of Canada.
Financé par le gouvernement du Canada. 


Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre is supported by: