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Indigenous Peoples Week // June 22-26

The Town of Devon is planning to host a week-long celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Due to mass gathering restrictions and social distancing practices, we will be holding a series of virtual events from June 22-25.

Instagram Campaign

We will be running an Instagram campaign all week to educate residents about Indigenous culture!

Subscribe to our Instagram account at instagram.com/townofdevon!

June 15-30

Indigenous Peoples Week Art Showcase

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day and Devon’s Indigenous Peoples Week Celebrations, we are asking residents to show their support of Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation!

We will be showcasing an online community art expo in June called “What Reconciliation Means to Me”.

Residents are asked to submit their own personal art creations of what reconciliation means to them, and submissions will be posted on the Town’s social media pages on our website showcasing all artwork.

All works of art are accepted, and could include:

  • Painting, drawing, sketches
  • A sculpture
  • A video, voice recording, or slideshow
  • Or anything else!

Accepted formats include JPG, PDF, Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, and all audio and video files.

Participants can email their submissions to mwincentaylo@devon.ca

All submissions that are received by Tuesday, June 30 @ 6 PM will be entered into a draw for a custom ribbon skirt and shirt courtesy of nehiyaw iskwew consulting!

Friday, June 19

Treaty Six and Métis Nation Flag Raising

Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Town of Devon Municipal Office (1 Columbia Ave. West, Devon, AB)

Join us on Friday June 19th as we raise the Treaty Six Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta flags outside of the Devon municipal office! We are honoured to welcome Grand Chief Billy Morin of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, President Tracy Friedel and Vice-President Gary Gagnon of the Métis Nation of Alberta Regional Council – Zone 4, and Rocky Morin, manager of the maskêkosak cultural program who will be performing the Treaty Six flag raising song. 

Sunday, June 21

Address from Devon Mayor Ray Ralph

Mayor Ray Ralph will address the community to share the spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day and Devon's Indigenous Peoples week as the Town continues its journey towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Monday, June 22

Residents for Reconciliation - Dakota House, Who Am I

Platform: Zoom
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87418304721

We would like to welcome Dakota House, an Indigenous Actor who has a successful career in numerous movies and television productions. With over 15 years of sobriety, Dakota strives to motivate, lead, empower our youth to succeed from coast to coast.

Best known for his role as Tee Vee Tenia on the CBC Series “North of 60”, Dakota will be speaking about learned behaviors that have been taught from a non-indigenous perspective, reconnecting with your true identity and being proud of who you are!

Tuesday, June 23

Mini-Drum Zoom Workshop (30 kits available - ALL KITS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED)

Platform: Zoom
Time: 6-7 p.m.

Join us on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. for a virtual drum making workshop! In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day and Devon’s Indigenous Peoples Week, join in on this fun and free activity to make your very own mini drum!

Mini-drums come in a kit and will be delivered to your doorstep once you register for the program (we have 30 kits available).

Mini-drums Update - June 17

Wow Devon! In two days we have received more requests for mini-drum kits than we could have imagined.

The good news is we are able to accommodate most of the requests we have so far. The bad news is we are officially out of mini-drum supplies for more kits and won't be able to get more in time for the workshop next Tuesday.

For those still looking to participate, here is a supply & tools list:

  • Leather Scraps (Halfords - 8629 126 Ave NW, Edmonton or any Michaels location)
    • Two pieces of leather required for each drum (about 5.5 inch rounds)
  • Imitation Sinew (Halfords/Michaels)
    • In place of sinew, hemp cord or similar can be used (most dollar stores)
  • Swimming Noodle (Dollarama/Walmart)
    • Pool noodle must be cut into 1.5" disks (one disk per drum)
  • Size 6 Beads (Dollarama/Michaels/Halfords)
  • Small Pony Beads (Dollarama/Michaels)

Tools List: Leather punch (if availible) or exacto knife, scissors

Wednesday, June 24

Virtual Sharing Circle with Elder Sydney Courtepatte

Platform: Zoom
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82906705969

Elder Sydney Courtepatte of Michel First Nation will be facilitating a special sharing circle for Indigenous Peoples Week.

Come to the circle to learn more about Michel First Nation and knowledge!

Thursday, June 25

Virtual Movie Night - Treaty Walk: A Journey for Common Ground

Platform: Zoom
Time 6-7:30 p.m.
Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84508412801

We will be hosting an online movie night. This is part two of the Treaty Talk movie shown in Devon last October. Join us and guest Dr. Dianna Steinhauer of Saddle Lake Cree Nation as we watch the film together and hold a Q&A session after the film.

This film is open to all ages, and everyone is welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about the Treaty Relationship and what we can all do to fight against racism and become allies to Indigenous Peoples.

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