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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Sunday, October 15 • 8:00am - 4:00pm
Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park (Pre-Conference Event)

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The Indigenous People’s Experience at Fort Edmonton Park has been created after deep conversations with over fifty Indigenous Elders, historians, educators, and community members informed the content. The stories, music, artwork, and text in the experience come from local Indigenous perspectives and voices, gathered through engagement with local Indigenous communities, historical documents, and research.

These stories, teachings, and memories have been passed through millennia. They reflect a rich and resilient history and deep connection to the land and seasons. Whether in Cree, Dene, Anishinaabe, Nakota, Blackfoot, or Michif, this shared knowledge is timeless. It does not just exist in the past. It is here today.

Spend the morning with an Indigenous Interpreter as you explore the Indigenous People’s Experience at Fort Edmonton Park to hear about the diversity of First Nations' and Métis peoples' histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives, local to Indigenous life in the Beaver Hills, or Edmonton region. Following lunch, learn about Inuit Culture with one of our NorQuest faculty and leaders. Learn more about the Inuit as Circumpolar people, their rich oral traditions and deep connection to the land, ice and waters. Explore traditional practices such as seal skin stretching and sample traditional Inuit country food, including seal meat as a part of ceremony.

Learning Outcomes
  • Participate in Inuit culture, customs, perspectives and experiences
  • Explore the impact of historical and ongoing colonization on Indigenous communities and Peoples in Canada 
  • Value the strength and resilience of Indigenous Peoples and how they have overcome ongoing colonization through their deep cultural practices and ways of knowing 
  • Gain appreciation of Indigenous knowledge and Two-Eyed Seeing perspectives

Pre-conference Activities include 
  • Transportation from the Chateau Lacombe Hotel to Fort Edmonton Park  
  • Activities led by Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers, and educators 
  • Admission to the Indigenous Peoples Experience with Indigenous interpreters
  • Lunch, coffee, and snacks with Indigenous menu items 
  • Return transportation to the Chateau Lacombe Hotel 

Participation is limited to 35 people and has a fee of $250.00 (CAN) / $185.00 (USD). 

Register to be part of this experience.

Sunday October 15, 2023 8:00am - 4:00pm MDT