Latest News and Notices

Please click on the links below to view Town of Ponoka news releases:

Annual Tipi Village Will Return to Ponoka During Stampede Week

UPDATE JUNE 13: **Expanded Hours: 12 to 8 p.m. daily**

As part of National Indigenous History Month and in the spirit of reconciliation, the Town of Ponoka is excited to help facilitate the return of the Third Annual Tipi Village to Ponoka during Stampede Week from June 25 to 28 (Tuesday to Friday).

The four-day event is being hosted by Louis Bull Tribe with participation by members of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation and Montana First Nation. Each day, the Tipi Village will feature the following:

  • A Grand Entry;
  • Greetings and speeches from elders and neighbouring First Nations;
  • A powwow showcase;
  • Indigenous storytelling;
  • Indigenous artwork and culture; and
  • Tipi Village visitors can stroll through the tipis and talk with elders.

The Tipi Village will be set up in the ball diamonds area (Diamond 2) located behind the Ponoka Arena Complex (4410 54 Street), directly across from the Stampede grounds, and will be open to the public (weather permitting) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

There is no entry fee to attend the event and free parking will be available at the Ponoka Arena Complex.

“The Town of Ponoka is very excited that the Tipi Village event will be returning to our community during Stampede week again this year,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson. “It’s a great way to experience the Ponoka Stampede and celebrate Indigenous History Month with our neighbours.”

Tipi Village organizers are still looking for additional vendors, volunteers, pow wow dancers and drummers. Please contact Suzanne Life-Yeomans at if you are interested.