Kiitaamoko Passkaan (Everyone Dance) Powwow

Celebrate Neighbour Day & Join Us For a Traditional Powwow

Saturday, June 15, 2024
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Grand Entry is at 1:00 p.m. sharp

Location: 611 4 Street S.W. (Harley Hotchkiss Garden, Downtown Calgary)

Free BBQ for the first 500 attendees.

Dancer registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

Oki, Âba wathtech, Danit’ada, Tawnshi, Tansi, Hello!

Inn from the Cold is proud to host our second annual Kiitaamoko Passkaan (Everybody Dance) Powwow on Saturday, June 15, 2024 in the Harley Hotchkiss Gardens.

This high-energy event and community celebration showcases vibrant Indigenous culture, song, and dance. It 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!

The first 15 people registered in each category will be paid

  • Age Categories: Adult Men, Adult Women, Girls & Boys
  • Dance Categories: Traditional, Fancy, Grass and Jingle.
  • Tiny Tots will be the first 50 registered.

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.

  • Kevin Littlelight, Tsuut’ina Nation, Master of Ceremonies
  • Ervin (Junior) Waskewitch, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Arena Director
  • Elder Moses Spearchief, Kainai Nation
  • Sorrel Rider, Siksika Nation, Host Drum Group

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.

Join Us As A Sponsor!

We have sponsor activations available to help give your brand exposure.

Contact Emma at marketing.communications@innfromthecold.org to confirm your sponsorship today.

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.