Land Acknowledgement

The Society of the Grasslands Naturalists honours and acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territories of the First Nations People of Treaty 7, Treaty 4 and Metis people who share a deep history with this land.

We recognize and respect cultural heritages and relationships to the land. We extend our hands in peace and friendship to all indigenous peoples who have made these places their homes since time immemorial, as we forge together a relationship of reconciliation, respect and healing.

Coming Indigenous Events

Indigenous Spring Market

  • Friday, 15 March, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday 16 March, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Medicine Hat College Ómahksípiitaa Big Eagle Room G120

‘The Hills are Alive’, Métis cultural event

40th Anniversary event for the Saamis Archeology Site

Previous Events

2nd Annual Ómahksípiitaa Big Eagle Round Dance

  • 3 February 2024
  • Medicine Hat College Gymnasium
  • Website

Tale of a Fish Scale

  • Works by indigenous artists Laura Grier, Marie Konsmo, and Ruby Sweetman
  • TREX Space
  • 9 September – 4 November 2023
  • Website

Grassland Naturalists Guest Speaker

  • Shirley Boomer, First Nations, Metis & Inuit Support Worker, Medicine Hat Public School Division
  • 24 October 2023
  • Police Point Park Nature Centre

Energy and Sustainability Summit

  • 30 October 2023
  • Miywasin Friendship Centre and SAIT
  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Website

Métis Week

  • 13 – 17 November 2023
  • Medicine Hat College

Miywasin Story Tour

  • Tourism Medicine Hat
  • 14 October 2023
  • Website

Bear Grease

  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
  • 21 October 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Purchase Ticket

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, 30 September 2023

  • The City of Medicine Hat will observe this day as a general holiday. The Saamis Tepee will be lit in orange to bring awareness. Website
  • The Medicine Hat College and the Miywasin Friendship Centre will host a public outdoor event on Sept. 30 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Medicine Hat campus. Website

Sharing Stories at the Saamis Tepee with Brenda Mercer

  • 20 July 2023, 6:00PM
  • 17 August 2023, 6:000PM
  • 7 September 2023, 6:00PM
  • Website

Calgary Stampede Pow Wow

Kainai Pow Wow & Celebration

  • 21-23 July 2023
  • Stand Off, AB
  • Website

National Indigenous History Month

‘The Hills are Alive’, Métis cultural event

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Blackfoot Crossing Indigenous Day Celebrations

Kiskihkeyimowin Shared Good Teaching Event

  • 8-12 May 2023
  • Sponsored by the Medicine Hat Public School Division in partnership with the Medicine Hat College and Miywasin Friendship Centre. For Grades 4-10.
  • Medicine Hat Public School Division

Photo by Deborah Forbes, used with permission

Books Introduced at the 23 May 2023 General Meeting

  • ‘Indigenous Relations, Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality’ by Bob Joseph with Cynthia P. Joseph, Indigenous Relations Press, 2019.*
  • ’21 Things You May not Know about the Indian Act’ by Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations Press, 2019.*
  • ‘The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada’ by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Geographic, 2018.*
  • ‘Connecting Resilience Indigenous Truth & Reconciliation –‘CRITR’ Workbook’. Three separate books for ‘Grade 5-7′,’Grade 8-12’ and ‘Business’, Classroom Ready, 2022.**

*Available at the Medicine Hat Public Library

** Available at Staples and Amazon.ca