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Learn about Indigenous cultures in Ontario through artistic expression, culinary customs, festive events, heritage sites and sacred places.
Get aquainted with the Ojibwe People and the First Nation of the Chippewas of Georgina Island through sensory experiences like traditional song and dance performances, storytelling, medicinal ceremonies (smudging), eagle feather introductions, drumming circles, educational trail walks and more from First Nation Cultural Tours, located on Chippewas of Georgina Island Reservation on the Southern edge of Lake Simcoe.
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre is owned and operated by the Rainy River First Nations. The Centre features a wealth of educational resources and activities to learn about the Ojibwe history and culture.
Simcoe County Museum’s Channen Gallery focuses on the earliest inhabitants of the County. Be sure to explore the replica of a longhouse.
See a spectacular collection of Indigenous fine art, sculpture, music and crafts at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre near Peterborough. Discover over 25,000 artefacts and explore Indigenous art at the Woodland Cultural Centre near Brantford. Choose from a series of unique group tours offered by Ottawa’s Aboriginal Experiences that showcase foods, performances and displays of visual art from a variety of Indigenous cultures.
Enjoy Inuit and Iroquois sculptures and paintings, and West Coast masks and wood art at Gallery Indigena in Stratford. Marvel at the work of legendary Anishinaabe artists, Norval Morrisseau and Roy Thomas, at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. Explore the Indigenous Art Collection at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.
From legendary sites at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park or Sioux Narrows Provincial Park to ancient pictographs Bon Echo Provincial Park and Petroglyphs Provincial Park, discover amazing Indigenous places on guided and self-guided outdoor tours.
Get hands-on with interactive food and craft making workshops with Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island. Taste bannock, frybread and blueberry dumplings at Tea-n-Bannock in Toronto. Pow Wow Cafe in Kensington Market will treat you to Ojibway tacos, or try Anishaabe fare at NishDish restaurant.
Read our blog about where to experience Indigenous foods in Ontario.
Native Renaissance is an art gallery and gift shop in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory that sells Indigenous art, sculptures, moccasins, dream catchers and gifts. The beautifully constructed log building of Serpent River Trading Post, Gas & Convenience is located midway between Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie. It is home to various crafts and souvenirs.
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21, which is also the day of summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Special events will be held in cities, towns and communities across the province.
Join in the festivities at Saint Marie among the Hurons or catch a performance during the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa. Six Nations Tourism is host to a variety of cultural and arts and crafts events and festivals. Take in provocative film and art at the annual imagineNATIVE festival.
Pow wows are social and spiritual gatherings to celebrate the customs and honour the leaders of indigenous peoples through food, music, dance and ceremony. Attending a pow wow is not only a great privilege, but also an opportunity to gain insight into sacred legends and surviving traditions.