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Every Child Matters: Traditional Powwow

Every Child Matters: Traditional Powwow


September 30, 2022



Friday, September 30th, 2022, at 6:00PM, Siksika Health Services and the Calgary Hitmen will come together in partnership once again, this time to host the Every Child Matters Traditional Powwow in the Scotiabank Saddledome. The rare event will mark the September 30th National Day for Truth & Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day. The powwow will open with a special greeting from the founder of Orange Shirt Day, Phyllis Webstad. The evening of dancing will include two feature dances consisting of an Orange Regalia Youth Dance (ages 7-12) and a special Honor Song for all residential school survivors in attendance.


WHO: Dr. Tyler White, CEO, Siksika Health Services; Siksika Nation representatives; Calgary Hitmen representatives; other dignitaries & event sponsors

WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome

WHEN: Doors open @ 6:00pm; event start @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Friday September 30th


This event could not be possible without Siksika Health Services’ amazing partners and sponsors: the First Nations Health Consortium, Challenge Industries, Miller Thompson LLP, Okaki, Siksika Nation Treasury, The Blackfoot Confederacy, Siksika Family Services, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, LDI Printing Solutions, and Classroom Champions.


The Every Child Matters name is part of a much larger movement founded by Phyllis Webstad. It’s a recognition and commitment to action to ensure that all children know their importance, and to honour those who attended Residential Schools in Canada, their families, and communities.


Please note that this is a cultural event: when photographing or filming a powwow, it’s important to be respectful and not take photos or film during certain moments – please see additional guidance below. Media are asked to confirm attendance.


Photography and/or Videography of the Powwow:

  • There will be no stock photography at this event.
  • When you’re at a powwow, you’re at a cultural event. As such there may be some customs and traditions that are unfamiliar to you or others who are present, yet they are highly significant. Please show respect throughout, and feel free to ask questions about what’s appropriate and what’s not.
  • While you may technically be in public, it’s considered impolite to take photos without first asking permission. If you’re told no, please respect that.
  • When photographing a powwow, it is important to be respectful and not take photos during prayers, flag songs or other ceremonies or when the MC has forbid photos.
  • Many dancers have worked for hours to create their beautiful beadwork and it is something personally meaningful to them. Some don’t like to have this beadwork photographed, as it may allow someone else to copy the design.

This is a free to attend event with the donation of a non-perishable food item or article of winter clothing. No tickets are required for entry into the Saddledome and seating is first-come first-served.


Guests are encouraged to leave bags/purses at home or limit the size of their bag. Bags must be smaller than 14″x14″x6″ and must fit comfortably underneath your seat.

Please note that there is limited parking available around the Scotiabank Saddledome. Please consider using public transit to get to the venue. Learn More

The Scotiabank Saddledome is a cashless venue. All concession stands, retail locations, and 50/50 sellers use contactless terminals that allow debit, credit, Apple/Google Pay, and gift card transactions. Learn More

Moving forward, all future tickets sold for events at Scotiabank Saddledome will be Mobile Only Delivery. Tickets can be accessed and displayed via the Ticketmaster App.

The Scotiabank Saddledome recognizes the needs of guests with accessibility challenges. Barrier-free access is located on the northwest side of the ‘Dome and accesses directly onto the main concourse. Visit our Accessibility page for more information.

Guests at the Saddledome are required to go through security screening procedures when attending an event; there are walk-through magnetometers at all points of entry and guests will be asked to remove all items from their pockets.