INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Understand wisdom passed down through millennia
Indigenous storytelling is legendary, and there’s a good reason why: deep wisdom and knowledge have been passed down from generation to generation through stories, legends, songs and dances. Take an authentic journey in the company of a gifted Indigenous guide and create memories that will last a lifetime as you learn about our storied heritage and rich culture.
BROADEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING
Engage with Indigenous Culture
Despite hundreds of years of oppression, Indigenous Peoples within Canada still proudly practice their cultural teachings and traditions. Step into one of our fascinating cultural centres to experience our living history. Marvel at the tangible links to the past at one of our many museums, or visit a heritage site to learn about our deep connection to place.
INTERACT AND EXPERIENCE
Take part in Indigenous cultural activities
Step out of the everyday when you join Indigenous guides and teachers to take part in fun and fascinating cultural activities. Create unforgettable memories and learn on your feet as you channel your inner artist, foodie or maker in a hands-on workshop, or delve deeper on an interactive cultural tour.
Experience an intangible sense of community
Feel in tune with Indigenous cultures through traditional stories, legends and songs, and share in ancestral knowledge passed down through countless generations. Immerse yourself in the warmth of community at a storytelling event, tap your feet to the beat of the drum at a cultural performance, or watch talented artists craft unique pieces before your very eyes.
You can feel the energy when you visit the diverse exhibits at the Musée des Abénakis in Odanak, Quebec.
Mathieu O’Bomsawin, who began working at the museum when he was just 16 years old, understands why. His grandfather — explains the man who now works as the museum’s general manager — founded the institution back in 1965, and his spirit has never left.
Whistler, British Columbia
Step into the Great Hall and instantly feel amazed by towering spindles, longhouse posts and grand canoes as your heart beats in time to drumming and a traditional welcome song performed by the Coastal Mountain Squamish (Skwxu7mesh Úxumixw) and Lil’wat (L’il’wat7úl) people in Whistler, B.C. Explore the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre’s (SLCC) museum treasures: exquisitely crafted masks, tools, instruments and clothing, both ancient and contemporary. Hear elders’ myths and legends. Take a guided forest walk. Explore a Squamish longhouse and a Lil’wat pit house. Create your own cedar rope bracelet.View Listing
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Stroll a wooded waterside pathway with Mi’kmaq guides clad in traditional, homemade moose hide regalia and moccasins. Step inside a spacious tipi in a forest clearing and rest on a cushion alongside a fire pit to experience a soothing and purifying smudge ceremony with the scented smoke from healing herbs.View Listing
THE DIVERSITY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Over 700 thriving cultures
Did you know that there are over 700 Indigenous communities across Canada, each with their own unique history, language and customs? Did you know the word “Canada” comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata” meaning “village” or “settlement”? Learn more about the living cultures and rich history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.LEARN MORE
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