Originally constructed for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saamis Tepee is a tribute to Canada’s native heritage. After being moved to Medicine Hat, erection and assembly of the major structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991, and was completed in less than one week.
Built entirely of steel with a concrete foundation, the tepee is ringed with 10 large circular story-boards depicting aspects of native culture and history. The Saamis Tepee has a foundation weight of 800 metric tons, and the dead load of the structure is 200 metric tons. The main masts of the Tepee measure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building!) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together.
Below the Saamis Tepee in scenic Seven Persons coulee, lays one of the Northern Plains archaeological sites - the Saamis Archaeological Site. This self-guided walking tour will show you one of the foremost important archaeological sites of the Northern Plains. The area was once a buffalo camp and meat processing site. Experts believe over 83 million artifacts are buried at the site.
The Saamis Tepee is located on the Trans-Canada Highway next to Tourism Medicine Hat.
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Lighting for a Cause
Saamis Tepee Colour Illumination
Photo by Irfan Nasir
The City of Medicine Hat values community awareness activities because they bolster community spirit and enhance a sense of belonging to the community. The purpose of the ‘Lighting for a Cause’ program is to:
- reflect the spirit of City Council’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022
- support one or more of the following objectives:
promote awareness of important social causes
emphasize the spirit of the community by accentuating and celebrating the spirit of living in Medicine Hat
promote a sense of belonging in the community
Please read the guidelines below carefully to ensure that your request fits with the criteria. If after reading you are still uncertain if your project is eligible, please contact the ‘Lighting for a Cause’ Program Administrator for clarity and assistance.
To be considered, all requests must be:
- received via on-line application of the ‘Lighting for a Cause’ request form
- completed by a management representative of the official organization making the request
- received by the Community Development Department at least 30 days in advance of lighting date requested
Lighting will be considered for:
- nondenominational events/causes
- nonpolitical events/causes
- registered charitable events/causes
Lighting cannot be considered for:
- personal occasions (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries)
- political events or observances
- religious figures, events, organizations or institutions
- commercial requests (ie product launches, corporate events, advertising)
The City of Medicine Hat reserves the right to use discretion when determining if a cause is deemed eligible.
Subject to approval, an administration fee is required:
•$100 for one day (minimum)
•$250 per week
•$500 for month (maximum)
Lighting time can span a duration from one day up to one month.
An approval of any illumination is at the sole discretion of the City of Medicine Hat and not subject to appeals or negotiation. All requests will be evaluated based on meeting the above-mentioned guidelines as well as:
- the nature of the cause
- history and background of the organization, cause or event
- how the lighting will be used to benefit the cause or event
- marketing plan to educate the public on why Tepee is illuminated in colour
Applicants will receive an email response stating whether or not an application has been approved. Due to the high volume of applications, not all requests may be accommodated. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may be submitted up to six months in advance.
The City of Medicine Hat wishes to stress that if an application is declined, it is not a reflection of the merits or importance of any requests.