June is National Indigenous History Month with celebrations culminating on National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. Recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada, National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to support Indigenous businesses while getting out and exploring Alberta in an active way.
Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) is a non-profit organization devoted to helping grow and promote authentic, sustainable and culturally rich Indigenous tourism experiences in Alberta. This member-based organization has 160 Indigenous-owned businesses across Alberta, providing all Albertans an opportunity to explore this province, its history and its people, in a variety of unique ways.
Below are a few members that can provide you with amazing outdoor activities this summer. A full list of ITA members and experiences can be found here.
Talking Rock Tours
Talking Rock provides educational small group tours of the geological wonders of Alberta, including both natural and cultural history storytelling components. Along with guided hikes through beautiful natural areas, participants also hear mini-talks (5 to 10 minutes) during each journey to provide even more educational background to your experience. Book your experience now at talkingrocktours.com.
Buffalo Stone Woman
With Indigescape tours through Buffalo Stone Woman you have the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You will experience mother nature’s beauty and diversity enriched with stories and crafts for any age level. Find out more, or book your experience now at buffalostonewoman.ca.
Painted Warriors, located in Mountain View County just North of Calgary, offers unique adventures where you can escape into pristine wilderness and gain new skills while learning about Indigenous history and culture. Check them out at paintedwarriors.ca.
Take a guided hike through the Rocky Mountains and Grotto Canyon where Owner Brenda Holder will share the fascinating historical medicines of the boreal forest from a Cree and Iroquois lineage. Book your trip now at mahikan.ca.