CALGARY, ALBERTA (July 6, 2012) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Aboriginal Relations for Alberta, today officially opened the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede .
“I encourage all visitors to the Stampede to learn more about the history of this village and what it represents for the First Nations of Treaty 7, especially the efforts that have been made over the decades to strengthen and preserve First Nation culture and heritage in Alberta,” said Minister Duncan.
“Since the beginning of the Calgary Stampede, the Indian Village has been a place for Albertans and for people from across the country and around the world to celebrate the unique history and heritage of First Nations people,” said the Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Robin Campbell. “Alberta congratulates the Treaty 7 First Nations on marking this special 100th anniversary.”
Since 1912, the Indian Village has been a key feature of the Calgary Stampede and one of the more popular attractions. Over the course of the 10-day event, Treaty 7 First Nations give visitors a first-hand look at traditions and cultural values that have been alive for generations by raising teepees, showcasing arts and crafts, and demonstrating 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. Known as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede welcomes over one million people from around the world every year.
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