Silver Skate Festival

Presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.

Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park

Edmonton's longest running winter festival!

Heritage Village

History is alive today. At this site, festival-goers can attend free all-ages traditions led by keepers of knowledge.

A Welcoming Site

Rooted in the traditions of the Plains Cree of Treaty 6, this site is organized in the shape of the medicine wheel. You are welcomed in from the place of knowledge - the north. As you move about the site, each part of this circle is connected to the traditional teachings of each direction.

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Featured Knowledge Keepers

Sampler Cafe

Sampler Café is a collective of musicians, producers and artists dedicated to sharing their passion for music technology and performance with people of all ages and from all walks of life. If you make music, are interested in learning more about how to start or just want to make lots of loud/weird noises, bring the whole family out and let Sampler Café show you how it is done!

Sat. Feb. 10
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Mon. Feb. 19

2:00pm - 2:45pm
3:15pm - 4:00pm

Abraham Lake Singers

Abraham Lake Singers

Group from Ancestral Lands of their Late Great Grandfather and for the Ancestral Lands to which they have lived for Centuries - the drum group respects their Culture and Traditions!  Stony & Cree Tribes. We (they) started as a Sons & Father Pow Wow Drum Group!

Sat. Feb. 10
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Mon. Feb. 19

1:00pm -1:30pm
Opening Prayer and Drum Song

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Community Round Dance

Youtube = We are not lost.

Jessica Sky w/ Abraham Lake Singers

#1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown out of 2500 participants.

Fort Edmonton Park

Come view a variety of cultural items loaned to us from Fort Edmonton Park.

Sat. Feb. 10
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Mon. Feb. 19

Fort Edmonton Park

Friends of Fort Edmonton

The Fort Edmonton Foundation was formed to help preserve the history of Edmonton at Fort Edmonton Park.

Over the past fifty years, donations to the Fort Edmonton Foundation have enabled Fort Edmonton Park to be built and expanded to encompass distinct historical eras including the fur-trade era, 1885 Street, 1905 Street, 1920 Street, and more recently, the award winning Indigenous Peoples Experience.

The Fort Edmonton Foundation exists to ensure Edmonton's past has a future. We encourage experiences that cultivate connections, human and cultural, for the good of all people who visit Fort Edmonton Park.

Link to our website: supportfortedmonton.com

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Front Step Forge

Courtesy Front Step Forge. Watch blacksmiths forge the primary tools of the trade: a punch, hammer and tongs. These techniques are the same as those used to produce Damascus steel, artwork, wrought iron, and are still used today to recreate historic hardware.

Sat. Feb. 10
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Mon. Feb. 19

Craving Colour

Craving Colour

I am jake and I'd like to welcome you to Craving Color 😊 Here you will find the products of my creativity from jewelry to dreamcatchers and many things in between, all made by me. You can always rest assured that each piece is infused with love and positive energy, and I pour my heart into each project with the best of intentions. My late Grandmother gave me my first beading kit when I was eight years old and I have been hooked ever since. My appreciation of the beauty all around us grows stronger all the time, and I try to incorporate nature and tradition in all of my art, while at the same time trying to be different and unique. My goal is to provide people with the ability to express their individuality and not get caught up in mass-production and fads. I also hope to spread around a little bit of knowledge about my Indigenous culture as I have learned it, which relies heavily on the care and respect for our beautiful world and for each other.

Don't Follow the Flock ... Lead It!
Your Life Craves Color ... Feed It!

Sat. Feb. 10
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Trail Worship

Meet Adam Erasmus. As part of his journey into sobriety and self-healing, Adam found strength in running. After connecting with the running community and embracing healing ceremonies with elders and knowledge-keepers, Adam crafted his own experience encouraging others to share his passion for movement. Part experiential and part ceremonial, come join us for “Trail Worship.” Adam will begin by talking about his journey of embracing self-love, Elders Jerry and Jo-Ann Saddleback will offer land teachings, and we will then go on a community trail walk together around the site.

Sat. Feb. 10
Sun. Feb. 11
Sat. Feb. 17
Sun. Feb. 18

6:00pm

Tim Marusiak

Tim Marusiak

A proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Tim is a knowledge keeper around tipis and tipi pole teachings. Come walk through Tim’s tipi village including a historical tipi owned by Ben Calf Robe.

Sat. Feb. 10
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More Features

Cabane à sucre ('Sugar Shack')

By Canada Maple Shack. Take in the French-Canadian tradition of a 'toffee-pull' – drizzle some syrup onto ice to turn it into a sweet and sticky treat.

Open Weekends and holiday Monday from 1-5pm

Storytelling

Made possible by the Heart + Soul grant from
EPCOR

Past Installations and Features

The Medicine Wheel

The Silver Skate Festival is honoured that Elder Francis Whiskeyjack is sharing his medicine wheel learnings and knowledge with us. This installation was created as an intent to educate and awareness of some native practices and teaching in a respectful way. This information being provided is one form of understanding Indigenous way of knowing and Indigenous ways of being, thus forming the psychology of the Medicine Wheel.

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Riyaz Sharan

For the 2022 Silver Skate Festival, we hired Edmonton artist Riyaz Sharan to turn our beautiful Heritage Village Medicine Wheel Art Installations into beautiful permanent illustrations that lasted beyond our Week of Winter. 
 
Using Medicine Wheel learnings and knowledge shared by cultural advisor Elder Francis Whiskeyjack, Riyaz made beautiful, illustrated recreations representing The East - Eagle, The South - Buffalo, The West - Bear, and The North - Wolf.
FESTIVAL GRANTORS & PARTNERS
Northgate Industries LtdEdmonton Arts Council (EAC)Funded by the Government of CanadaAlberta Foundation for the ArtsAlberta GovernmentCanada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du CanadaWinter City Edmonton
EdmontonMammoetStephensons Rental Services
The Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupPattison Outdoor AdvertisingExplore Edmonton

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SILVER SKATE FESTIVAL

Presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.

The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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