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Second annual Tipi Village returns to Ponoka during Stampede Week

As part of National Indigenous History Month and in the spirit of reconciliation, the Town of Ponoka will be facilitating the return of the Second Annual Tipi Village to Ponoka during Stampede Week on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30 (weather permitting).

“The Town of Ponoka is very excited that the Tipi Village event will be returning to our community during the week of Stampede,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson in a press release.

“It’s a great way to experience the Ponoka Stampede and celebrate Indigenous History Month with our neighbours.”

The event will feature members of Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and the Montana First Nation as they present a powwow showcase, Indigenous storytelling, artwork and culture.

The Tipi Village will be set up in the ball diamonds area behind the Ponoka Arena Complex (4410 54 St.) and will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day (weather permitting) as follows:

– 12 p.m. – Tipi Village visitors can stroll through the tipis and talk with elders

– 2 p.m. – Grand entry

– 2:30 p.m. – Opening remarks

– 3 p.m. – Powwow showcase

– 4 p.m. – Elders’ remarks

– 5 p.m. – Closing prayer

There is no entry fee to attend the Tipi Village and free parking will be available at the arena.

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