Fort Edmonton Park's Indigenous Peoples Experience

The exhibit is the biggest addition to the park and is meant to give visitors an opportunity to learn about First Nations and Métis peoples



The northern lights dancing along the walls, the rumble of a bison herd going by, and animations projected onto teepees depicting oral stories told by elders are among the sounds and lighting that shift as one peruses the exhibit.

Visitors will also see tools, clothing and animals that explain the Indigenous guiding principles of the 13 Moons, the traditional Indigenous calendar. The exhibit also includes a Métis cabin and a theatre-like space that tells the history of residential schools and outlines the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action.

Whether in Cree, Dene, Anishinaabe, Nakota, Blackfoot, or Michif, this shared knowledge is timeless. It does not just exist in the past. It is here today.

"First time I walked through it, I was just in awe," said Vernon Watchmaker, grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations.

"This is a good thing moving forward."

Watchmaker is looking forward to people experiencing the First Nation and Métis content. He said the space is a good starting point for creating awareness for non-Indigenous peoples, and offers an experience a lot of Indigenous peoples haven't had.

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