Kiitaamoko Passkaan (Everyone Dance) Powwow

Celebrate Neighbour Day & Join Us For a Traditional Powwow

Saturday, June 17, 2023
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Entry is at 1:00 p.m.

Location: 655 6 Street S.W. (J.J. Bowlen Greenspace)

Oki, Tawnshi, Âba wathtech, Da ni t’a da, Tansi, Hello!

Inn from the Cold is proud to host the first annual Kiitaamoko Passkaan (Everybody Dance) Powwow on Saturday, June 17, 2023 in the J.J. Bowlen Greenspace.

This high-energy event and community celebration showcases vibrant Indigenous culture, song and dance. This will be a Traditional Powwow where invited traditional dancers and drum groups will showcase their talents and culture and where everyone is invited to join in and dance!

Held during National Indigenous History Month, our Powwow will unite the community on Neighbour Day and create a safe place for celebration, cultural connection and education.

If you’ve never experienced the sounds and colours of the Traditional Powwow, this is your chance.

We hope you will join the dance and experience the heartbeat of the drum!

Kiitaamoko Passkaan!

Our Head Staff

The Head Staff of a Powwow play an important role in the event’s visible operations. These individuals have the responsibility of being exemplary role models with outstanding traditional qualities. They must be present throughout the whole powwow and are selected based on their exemplary skills and dedication.

Master of Ceremonies

Daniel Wildman, Morley, AB

Arena Director

Sheldon Scalplock, Siksika Nation. 

Host Drum Groups

Sorrel Rider, Siksika Nation

Blackfoot Confederacy


Moses Spear Chief, Kainai Nation

Powwow Advisor

Ervin Waskewitch, Onion Lake Cree Nation

Join A Celebration Of Culture And Community

Our commitment to honouring and valuing Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing is an important part of our work with children, youth, and families at Inn from the Cold. Our priority is to make traditional Indigenous events like Powwow accessible to our families and the wider community. Our Powwow event aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the Principles of Truth and Reconciliation, offering a critical opportunity to forge meaningful connections with the Indigenous community. This is a vital step towards achieving reconciliation, as all Canadians, as Treaty peoples, are responsible for building and maintaining mutually respectful relationships.

Our Powwow will unite Elders, families, community members, donors, local businesses, and artisans. These connections lay the groundwork for future reconciliation efforts within the community and at Inn from the Cold. Guided by Indigenous worldviews, the relationships and connections we foster with those we serve form the foundation of our services.

Inn from the Cold is honoured to welcome everyone to our community celebration. We are proud to host this Powwow during National Indigenous History Month, to strengthen our commitment to reconciliation, healing, and breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma.

We hope you will join us in our commitment to celebrating the rich Indigenous culture by attending our event!

Thank You To Our Supporters!

The Kiitaamoko Passkaan Powwow would not be possible without the generous support of our event partners. Thank you for joining us in our commitment to celebrating the rich Indigenous culture.



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Shining A Light On Indigenous Homelessness

Homelessness disproportionately affects families, especially women and children from Indigenous communities. Indigenous homelessness is considered more wide-ranging than homelessness in the mainstream population since it more often affects entire families. On any given night, 41% of people experiencing homelessness in Calgary have Indigenous ancestry. When it comes to families at Inn from the Cold, 60% of the families we serve are Indigenous.

This disproportionate representation can be traced back to historical trauma, oppression, racism and discrimination. Homelessness amongst Indigenous Peoples should be considered as a consequence resulting from Canada’s history of colonization and exploitation of Indigenous land and populations.

Being without a home from an Indigenous worldview is not simply a lack of accommodation or structural habitation, but rather is a web of relationships that involves connections to human kinship networks; relations to animals, plants, spirits, and elements; relationship to the Earth, lands, waters, and territories; and connection to traditional stories, songs, teachings, names, and ancestors. All these aspects of the circle of interconnectedness are known as “home” in Indigenous societies and worldviews.

We are committed to understanding the impacts of colonialism and intergenerational trauma on Indigenous Peoples and using this understanding to improve our services and approaches. It is our goal to be able to offer our services to families from an Indigenous lens that encompasses an Indigenous worldview and ways of knowing and to help foster connection and reconnection to Indigenous heritage and help create a sense of home.

Meet The Artisans

J&J’s Jewelry Boutique is an Indigenous owned home based business creating one of a kind jewelry, apparel, and home décor to suit all of your needs. As an Indigenous owned business, each piece holds a bit of the Western and Indigenous Cultures combined into a one of a kind work of art. J&J’s Jewelry Boutique provides an array of products to suit all ages and genders. Whether you are Male, Female, or Two-Spirited, you will be sure to find a product to suit your everyday needs.
Bright Swan Creations includes beadwork, jewelry and crafted handmade items such as ribbon skirts.
Shawna Jamieson, Ojibway from Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, currently residing in Alberta, busy beading.

Shawna is the bead artist behind Busy Bee’s Beading. Beadwork includes beaded fringe earrings, hoops, necklaces, bracelets, and key chains. She uses all sorts of beads, porcupine quills, dentalium shells, and leather in her beadwork. Bead techniques used include brick stitch, peyote, and flat stitch. Always thinking about beads and what to create next.

Redman Customs is home to beautifully handcrafted custom woodwork and art created by Indigenous Artist Chance Bellegarde