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GPPSD Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 20, 2022

Grande Prairie, AB, June 21, 2022 - Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are joining Canadians in honouring the 26th national Indigenous celebration of the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples!

Indigenous Peoples and the City of Grande Prairie

"The City of Grande Prairie is located on Treaty 8 Territory and the Metis Nation of Alberta Zone 6. In Alberta, the land we live on has been traditionally used by the Inuit, Metis, Cree, Dene and Beaver Peoples," explains Wendy Henshaw, Indigenous Programming Coordinator, GPPSD Indigenous Education Program.

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Significant dates in our shared Indigenous history

Living in the City of Grande Prairie, we have many things in common, including a shared Indigenous history. According to The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Métis Nation of Alberta,

  • June 21, 1899, Treaty 8 was signed
  • 1814, the Métis Nation flag was presented to the Métis Nation
  • 1897, the first Alberta Métis Nation was established (St. Albert Métis Association)
  • Sept. 1, 1905, the Province of Alberta became a province


Indigenous cultural ceremonies and Bannock

"Indigenous Peoples gather for many different cultural ceremonies and events, such as Pow Wows, Sweat Lodge Ceremonies, and Round Dances. 

At these events, you will always find joy, laughter, and delicious traditional food, such as Bannock (also known as fry bread) and tea," says Henshaw.

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Image: Loriann Gignac, Indigenous Liaison, sharing her knowledge and making Bannock with students at GP Christian School  

In honour of today, Wendy is sharing her Bannock recipe.

Wendy's Bannock Recipe

Makes approximately 9-12 pieces

Preheat oven to 375 C

3 cups flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
½ tablespoon salt
¼ cup sugar
½ cup margarine or lard
1 ½ cup milk or water


  • Mix dry ingredients with fork.
  • Use hands to mix in lard or margarine. Mix until crumbly.
  • Pour milk or water into center of flour mixture.
  • Mix well with hands. Add bit more flour if needed (if dough is too sticky) Do not overmix because the Bannock will turn out too hard.
  • Flatten dough into no greater thickness than ¾ of an inch, cut out circles or cook as one solid piece.
  • Poke holes in dough with a fork.

Bake at 375 degrees Celsius for 20 -25 min., until golden brown.

Serve with jam, butter, honey, syrup, or molasses. Enjoy hot or cold. 


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Image: Students at GP Christian School enjoying the Bannock they made with Loriann

Honouring Indigenous Graduates 

We are proud to share with you how our staff from GPPSD's Indigenous Education Program create ceremony to honour our Indigenous Graduates. 

Watch here: Graduate Honouring Ceremony 


Related Resources

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Phone: 780-532-4491