Fort Edmonton Park recently won a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Heritage Center for the new Indigenous Peoples Experience. The Thea Award is internationally recognized for celebrating outstanding work on educational, historical and entertainment projects.
The Indigenous Peoples Experience explores the rich cultures of local First Nations and Métis Peoples while encouraging guests to seek out truths lived by Indigenous Peoples before and after Canada’s founding. This opportunity to uplift Indigenous communities comes at a critical time in Canada’s reconciliation with Indigenous people. It is the first exhibit of its kind in Canada.
"This exhibit is a breathtaking reflection of Indigenous communities in the sacred territory of Treaty Six. It is such an honour to have a space to share the rich history and legacy of the First Nations and Métis peoples who originally called this land home," said Edmonton mayor Amarjeet Sohi. "Collaborative and inclusive leadership were the heart and soul of this project, and the committed partnership between the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, the Métis Nation of Alberta and Fort Edmonton Management Company were the cornerstone. The Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton will continue to be a place of learning, of hope and of reconciliation.”
Conversations with over fifty Indigenous Elders, historians, educators, and community members informed the content shared in the exhibit. The stories and artwork come directly from Indigenous perspectives gathered through engagement with over forty local Indigenous nations, historical documents, and research. Music was written and composed by local, award-winning, Indigenous musicians and performers through an artist residency. Local Indigenous interpreters greet guests and impart their own personal stories and history, adding unique depth to the experience.
Fort Edmonton Park and the Indigenous Peoples Experience open to the public for the 2022 season on May 21, 2022.