The world-famous alpine resort, Banff Sunshine Village, will host its first Indigenous Days on August 27th and 28th and again on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
Banff National Park resides within the present-day territories of treaties 6, 7, and 8 lands, as well as the metis homeland.
Historically, indigenous people have used the land for travel, trade, sustenance, and celebration.
Treaty 7 land is part of the traditional and ancestral land of Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Tsuut'ina Nation, and the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika. In honour of the cultural heritage of Banff National Park, Banff Sunshine Village will welcome Brown Bear Events to the Canadian Rockies to share indigenous traditions from the Tsuut'ina Nation.
Kendra Scurfield, Director of Brand and Communications for the Banff resort, said: “I believe as a Canadian, it is our responsibility to learn about the indigenous history of our country. At Banff Sunshine, we're honored to work with Brown Bear Events from Tsuut'ina Nation.”
For Sunshine's Indigenous Days, Brown Bear Event will lead guests of the resort through a series of traditional customs. Including leading guests through a Tsuut'ina traditional tipi demonstration, hosting an all-ages traditional arts and crafts session, and dance performances.