Minister Valcourt Opens Indian Village at Calgary Stampede

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 flood. "

"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 Alberta home."

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:

Minister's Office 
Andrea Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
819-997-0002

Alberta Ministry of Aboriginal Relations 
Kevin Zahara
Press Secretary to the Honourable Robin Campbell
Minister of Aboriginal Relations
780-422-4144/cell: 780-904-7962
kevin.zahara@gov.ab.ca

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
819-953-1160

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