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Sponsor: Gibson Energy
What could be more Canadian than an Indigenous encampment, or blacksmithing? At the Heritage Village, festival-goers get a taste of Canada's traditional and pioneer history, something that both new Canadians and fourth-generation Canucks will appreciate.
Programming at the Heritage Village is coordinated by Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt, the City of Edmonton's Indigenous Artist in Residence.
Everyone is invited to participate in an interpretative Winter Camp, which will teach visitors about how the Cree relied on their natural surroundings for survival. The interactive experience takes place inside a traditional log dwelling, with plenty of hides and furs, and a hearth for light and warmth.
Dwight Paul of the Paul Band will share his knowledge as part of the Winter Camp.
Presented by River Valley Programming. Cook up a tasty piece of bannock (bread) over a fire.
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.
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.