AAWC History

Designed to raise cultural awareness within the city of Calgary and to celebrate contemporary achievements of Indigenous people in Canada, Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary has developed into what it is today through the dedication and commitment of its volunteers.

AAWC, while not officially titled so at the time, began in the early 1990’s with various members of Aboriginal serving agencies and dedicated community members.  This small group began organizing events and celebrations in and around Calgary, for the week leading up to National Aboriginal Day, June 21st.

Over the years this small group has grown and developed into what is now known as the Steering Committee for Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary, or AAWC.  Officially established in 2011, the AAWC Steering Committee is currently responsible for facilitating the Gala Event, and the Family Day Pow Wow Festival.

The AAWC Steering Committee encourages agencies within Calgary to organize and develop their own events during the week of June 21st.  The AAWC Steering Committee is also responsible for developing and distributing a relevant Calendar of Events, and will promote all local events during the week of June 21st on this calendar.

It is the goal of the AAWC Steering Committee to have an AAWC-led event for every day of Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary.  With the continued commitment of the Steering Committee and the community, we will soon reach this goal of having a week filled with celebratory cultural events.

National Aboriginal Day History

In 1996, former Governor General, The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21st to be National Aboriginal Day.  This day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.

June 21st marks the summer solstice; traditionally many Aboriginal cultures have held celebrations on or around this day.  Join thousands of Canadians across the country on June 21st to celebrate these distinct and diverse cultures, languages, traditions and spiritual beliefs.

For more information on events taking place across the country please visit www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca