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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21.
By creating opportunities for people to share openly and learn from one another, the possibilities become endless. We will work towards strengthening the community by working together with open hearts and minds.
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 Powwow Festival.
To host a variety of events during the week of June 21 that serve to promote pride, understanding and awareness of Aboriginal cultures, traditions, contributions and achievements to Canadian history, business, agriculture, environment, and the arts.
The AAWC Steering Committee encourages agencies within Calgary to organize and develop their own events during the week of June 21. 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 21 on this calendar.
AAWC Structure & Circles
The AAWC Circle is the structure by which all final decisions are made regarding what events will be hosted during the week of June 21st. New events can be proposed early in the planning process, and the Steering Committee will decide if they are a suitable fit for the week’s events.
Events are funded through sponsorships and grants. Funds raised and awarded grants go directly towards funding AAWC Events; a small percentage of funds are allocated towards administrative costs.
The AAWC Steering Committee is responsible for the facilitation of the Family Day Pow Wow Festival. The AAWC encourages agencies across the city to host their own event for the week of June 21st, and we will gladly promote their event on the Calendar of Events, which is available online Public Events – aawc.ca
June 18 -24, 2023
KEEPING THE CIRCLE STRONG
“Honoring Mother Earth and Water”
June 21, 2023, (Wednesday)
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 24, 2023, (Saturday)
Family Day & Powwow
Elbow River Camp, Enmax Park
Thank you 2023 Sponsors & Partners
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