SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

June 15, 2016 12:00 ET

PSA: Campfire Chats: Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on St. Patrick's Island

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 15, 2016) - Please join us June 21, 2016 as the University of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede present Campfire Chats in recognition of National Aboriginal Day. Hear Elder Reg Crowshoe share the story of our region's indigenous heritage, and why the Blackfoot call Calgary MOH-KINS-TSIS. Enjoy a performance by Vanessa Stiffarm, 2016 Stampede Indian Princess, and sample fresh bannock. Pull up a blanket and mark the longest day of the year with a journey into Calgary's storied past.

What: Campfire Chats

When: National Aboriginal Day, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 1-8 p.m.

AFTERNOON - Family-friendly event (come and go)
1 p.m. Triple tipi-raising
2 p.m. Tipi-painting demonstration
3 p.m. Traditional drumming and dancing supported by the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

EVENING - Free but an RSVP is required (Visit
6:30 p.m. Campfire chat with Reg Crowshoe, former chief of Piikuni First Nation

Where: St. Patrick's Island, 1300 Zoo Road NE (access via 12 St. SE in Inglewood) (map)
Rain or shine. The campfire chat will take place on The Rise -- a grassy knoll nine metres high. Seating is on the ground, bring a blanket (no lawn chairs, please).

Campfire Chats is a new partnership between the University of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede is instrumental in educating visitors about the culture of the Plains First Nations people.

Special thanks to Calgary Municipal Land Corporation which developed St. Patrick's Island to nurture the bond between people and nature.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016-17, we are making tremendous progress on our journey to become one of Canada's top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' For more information, visit To learn about our 50th Anniversary celebrations, visit

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