Engaging Indigenous Experiences Accessible in Ottawa

Indigenous Ottawa:

  • New! Aboriginal Experiences, located on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River between downtown Ottawa and downtown Gatineau, reopens to the public between July and October 2018 after operating for several years as a group-only attraction. Learn about Indigenous cultures from across North America, enjoy dance performances, eat traditional foods, and make crafts, among other engaging and authentic experiences.

  • Indigenous Walks: Explore downtown Ottawa’s monuments, landscape, architecture, and art through a contemporary Indigenous perspective.
  • Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada: Learn the story of Canada through Indigenous and non-Indigenous art presented side by side and chronologically in these transformed, integrated galleries which made their debut in 2017.
  • Get insight into the perspective, artwork, and culture of the Inuit and other Indigenous people at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new permanent Arctic Gallery, opened in 2017 and developed in consultation with the Inuit, who have woven their unique perspectives throughout the gallery.
  • Launched in July 2017, the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History presents 15,000 years of Canadian history with Indigenous history incorporated throughout. Head to the museum’s Grand Hall for the largest indoor collection of totem poles in the world, and look up for Morning Star, an impressive ceiling painting by one of Canada’s great Indigenous artists, Alex Janvier.
  • Head to Vincent Massey Park for the annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival(June 21-24, 2018) for free concerts, celebrations, and activities as part of National Indigenous History Month with an incredible Pow Wow at the heart of the celebrations.
  • New! Indigenous Centre: The building that once housed the United States Embassy, located directly facing the Parliament of Canada, is being redeveloped over the next few years in the spirit of reconciliation as a space honouring Inuit, Métis, and First Nations communities across Canada.



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