CALGARY, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the
Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Aboriginal Relations for
Alberta, officially opened Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede.
"I am extremely moved and proud to be in Calgary today at the Stampede
to not only participate in the opening of Indian Village, but also to
witness the incredible togetherness that has taken hold of this
community and others affected by the recent flooding," said Minister
Valcourt. "People have come together under extraordinary circumstances
to make this year's Stampede a reality. As we open this year's Indian
Village and provide visitors from across Canada and around the world
this opportunity to learn more about the First Nations of Treaty 7, let us also not forget that many today in First Nation communities in
Alberta are only now starting to recover from last month's devastating
"For more than 100 years, the Indian Village has given Albertans and
visitors from around the world an opportunity to learn more about the
rich histories and cultures of the Treaty 7 First Nations," said
Minister Campbell. "I am proud to be a part of today's celebration, and
it speaks to the unwavering spirit of all those who call southern
Indian Village has been a key feature of the Calgary Stampede and one of
the more popular attractions since its inception in 1912. Over the
course of the 10-day event, Treaty 7 First Nations give visitors a
first-hand look at the traditions and cultural values that have been
alive for generations. Activities include raising and offering public
visits of the teepees, showcasing arts and crafts, demonstrating meat
cutting skills and exhibiting traditional dancing and games.
The Indian Village has enjoyed a rewarding partnership with the Stampede
organizers over the years that has helped to create an enriching and
exciting experience for one and all. Dubbed 'The Greatest Outdoor Show
on Earth', the Calgary Stampede welcomes over one million people from
around the world every year.
This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Alberta Ministry of Aboriginal Relations
Press Secretary to the Honourable Robin Campbell
Minister of Aboriginal Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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